New York Yankees’ relief pitcher Dellin Betances has already had quite the weekend – and it is only Saturday. After initially losing his arbitration case on Saturday morning, he then took some heat from Yankees’ president Randy Levine as well.
However, the veteran right-hander has since responded to Levine’s brutally honest remarks with a pretty blunt statement of his own.
“You look at it a little differently now,” said Betances. “I think [free agency] will be a little easier when the time comes.”
Betances, who is typically a soft-spoken presence, did not hold back regarding the matter on Saturday morning. After Levine trashed his presumed setup man, the righty then stepped up to the podium himself, which can be seen here:
Dellin Betances said that he was going to put the hearing behind him until he heard about Randy Levine's comments: pic.twitter.com/L15yFk0eiq
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) February 18, 2017
Now slated to earn $3 million in 2017, the 28-year-old originally filed for a $5 million salary.
“$5 million goes to elite closers,” the aforementioned Levine said. “Pitchers who pitch the ninth inning and have a lot of saves. Dellin didn’t have that record. He never did.”
Betances notably wavered between roles last season after the Yankees infamously traded closer Aroldis Chapman to the eventual World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. However, Chapman has since returned to New York via free agency while Betances will likely become the club’s setup man in 2017.
Last season, the veteran hurler made 73 relief appearances for the Yankees en route to producing a 3-6 record, 12 saves, 28 holds and five blown saves alongside a 3.08 ERA. It is also worth noting that Betances has spent his entire five-year big league career in the “Big Apple.”