The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly expressed interest in former New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances.
Could Dellin Betances be calling Philadelphia his new home this offseason? It seems… maybe, as the Phillies have reportedly expressed interest in the former New York Yankees relief pitcher, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.
Betances, 31, missed nearly all of this past season due to multiple injuries to his shoulder and Achilles. He didn’t pitch for the Bombers until September when he tore his Achilles in his first appearance of the season. Betances spent time with the Yanks in 2011 and then from 2013-19.
During his Yankees tenure, Betances was selected to four MLB All-Star Games from 2014-17. He still has a chance to return to the Yankees in 2020 but is obviously testing free agency at the moment. Through 358 career appearances, he’s posted a record of 21-22 with a combined ERA of 2.36 and WHIP of 1.043.
Betances apparently isn’t the only former Yankee the Phillies are targeting this offseason. According to King III, the ballclub now led by manager Joe Girardi may look to sign catcher Austin Romine and shortstop Didi Gregorius. New York recently passed on providing the latter with a qualifying offer.
Gregorius hit 16 home runs with 61 RBIs and a slash line of .238/.276/.441 through 82 games last year.
If any of the individuals in this trio happen to join the Phillies, they’d be entering an organization looking to build off an 81-81 season. It was the first campaign since inking a 13-year deal worth $330 million with slugging outfielder Bryce Harper.