Monday, January 23, 2017
Dellin Betances’ grip on the business of baseball is as firm as the hand that smothers the baseball when he delivers fastballs that look like aspirins and bowel-locking curveballs.
With Betances and the Yankees $2 million apart and headed for an arbitration hearing in Betances’ initial dance with the process, the three-time All-Star said he believes the $5 million he asked for is a righteous request.
“I felt that was a good number for us,’’ said Betances, who is represented by Jim Murray. “What I’ve done for the first three years for the team, we’re asking for a fair number and I just want to be treated fairly. That’s all I ask, to be honest with you.’’
After being renewed for $507,500 a year ago, Betances, who will turn 29 in March, is going to get a colossal raise whether he wins or loses at the arbitration table next month.
I’m surprised they haven’t met in the middle. But it’s pretty hard to justify paying Aroldis Chapman $16M a year while offering to pay Betances $3M.