NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Yankees and Dellin Betances won’t have to go through another ugly arbitration.
According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the two sides have settled on a $5.1 million contract for 2018.
Last offseason, Betances sought $5 million and the Yankees offered $3 million. After an arbitrator sided with the Yankees, team president Randy Levine set up an unusual conference call with reporters to rip Betances’ agent.
“I feel bad for Dellin that he was used in that way by his agent, because anyone who knows about this process, anyone would know that the history is very well established,” Levine said. “That $5 million goes to elite closers.
“What do we mean by closers? People who pitch the ninth inning and have a lot, a lot, a lot of saves. Dellin didn’t have that record, he never did. He’s a great, elite setup man. Maybe one day he’ll be a great closer. We hope so. But that’s like saying the agent took him to a case, in effect, like me saying, I’m not the president of the Yankees, I’m an astronaut. Well I’m not an astronaut and Dellin Betances is not a closer, at least based on statistics — not whether he could be or couldn’t, but he isn’t.”
Betances’ overall numbers last season were strong — 2.87 ERA in 66 appearances and his fourth consecutive All-Star Game appearance. But there were bumps along the way, including a 10-game stretch from late August to mid-September in which went 0-2 with an 8.64 ERA and a blown save.
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But overall since 2014, the right-hander has been one of the top relievers in the game, registering a 2.11 ERA while averaging 71 appearances per season.
The Yankees have now reached settlements with four of their eight arbitration-eligible players. They agreed to deals with outfielder Aaron Hicks ($2.825 million) and relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle ($1.313 million) on Thursday, and reliever Adam Warren ($3.315 million) earlier Friday.
Also eligible for arbitration are starting pitcher Sonny Gray, relief pitcher Chasen Shreve, shortstop Didi Gregorius and backup catcher Austin Romine.
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