Dellin Betances loses arbitration hearing

In addition, he stated that a $3 million salary should be a "great victory for Dellin Betances" and his request for more money "had no bearings in reality". While Betances originally filed for $5 million, the veteran right-hander will only be earning a $3 million salary in 2017. The $3 million Betances will receive is a record for a non-closing reliever in his first year of arbitration eligibility, as no other player had eclipsed even $2 million, so it's not as though he left with nothing.

After much anticipation for the arbitration case between the New York Yankees and Dellin Betances, a decision has been made. I'm an astronaut.' Well, I'm not an astronaut, " Levine said. "Well, I'm not an astronaut, and Dellin Betances is not a closer, at least based on statistics'".

"This was a half-baked attempt to ... try and change the market in a radical way, using Dellin Betances, to try and say there's no difference between closers and elite setup men and regular relief pitchers", Levine said. He never did. He's a great, elite setup man.

Betances met with reporters later in the day and shot back at Levine. Albeit, Chapman is a closer, but Betances has the ability to become one, as long as the team is not reluctant to move him to the role had Chapman not signed a record deal in free agency this past off-season.

"We love Dellin. He's great", Levine said.

Betances's lead agent, Jim Murray, sent a statement to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal saying he and his client were being "bullied" and that Levine's press conference "was nothing but grandstanding and trying to mislead the media". "Pitchers who pitch the ninth inning and have a lot of saves".

Betances, who turns 29 next month, will work in the eighth inning in front of Aroldis Chapman after an unsuccessful stint at closer to end last season.

  • Julie Sanders