After much anticipation for the arbitration case between the New York Yankees and Dellin Betances, a decision has been made.
Betances will receive the $3 million New York had filed for and not the $5 he had asked for.
On Monday, manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees may have to deal with “hard feelings,” as the arbitration process is pretty much the organization saying the player isn’t worth what he filed for while the player must prove he is. Not a good look.
This was the organization’s first arbitration case since 2008, when Taiwanese sinkerballer Chien-Ming Wang was presented with a raise from $489,500 to the team’s $4 million offer instead of the $4.6 million Wang requested.
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Since coming into the league as a relief pitcher in 2014, Betances has registered the most strikeouts (392) among major league relievers while his 15.53 strikeout-to-walk ratio led the majors in 2016.
Certainly worthy of millions of dollars more than his team had offered, but at least he gets a pay bump from his $507,500 salary in 2016.
New York excused the 6-foot-8 righty from reporting to camp until a decision has been reached, but has joined the team on Saturday. He will also be participating in this year’s World Baseball Classic representing the Dominican Republic.
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— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 18, 2017