After eight seasons with the Yankees, Dellin Betances won't leave New York – but he won't be returning to the Bronx either. The Mets signed Betances, a four-time all-star who had become a free agent, on Tuesday for a one-year deal to bolster a bullpen that underperformed in 2019.
When the Mets announced the deal, Betances had already changed his Twitter profile picture one of him wearing a Mets hat and leotard in front of a Christmas tree, and a sporty facial hair that is sure to violate the Yankees' seasonal policy.
"I love New York," Betances said in a Mets statement. "I grew up in Manhattan. Went to high school in Brooklyn. Played minor league ball in Staten Island. Made it into the big leagues of the Bronx. Now I'm looking forward to winning a World Series with the Mets in Queens. "
Betance's deal is built creatively as he recovers from a torn left Achilles tendon that ended his 2019 season prematurely. The contract guarantees him $ 10.5 million; It has a $ 6 million option for 2021 that includes a $ 3 million buyout.
Should Betances return from his injury and perform as usual, he could refuse the option for 2021 and re-enter the free agent market after earning $ 10.5 million in one season. Should he suffer a setback that damages his value as a free agent, he could exercise his option, return to the Mets, and earn at least $ 13.5 million in two seasons. His deal also includes multiple appearance-based incentives and a 2022 player option that is only in play if he plays in at least 50 games in 2020.
Betances was one of the best bas-reliefs in baseball this decade and should have played a key role in a talented Yankees bullpen last season. From 2014 to 2018, he had a earned run average of 2.22 and an average of 75 innings per season. Despite After his arbitration hearing in 2017, Betances and the Yankees discussed with the Yankees about a possible contract extension before the 2019 season.
But they didn't reach an agreement, and Betances missed the first five and a half months of the season with a shoulder injury noted in spring training and a latissimus dorsi injury that occurred while working on his original injury.
Betances returned in September but suffered a freak injury in his first second leg and tore his left Achilles tendon while jumping off the hill after a punch. His season ended after only eight divisions.
If he actually recovers from this injury, Betances could help boost a Mets bullpen that underperformed last season and that Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia underperformed.
Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen hinted earlier this month after signing starters Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha that the team could potentially expand the bullpen. But the team found some extra expenses Restructuring of outfield player Yoenis Cespedes' contract for his ankle injury, which is apparently against his contract.
"Dellin is one of the elite reliefs in the game, with an incredible track record of pitching on the biggest stage and in playoff games," Van Wagenen said in a statement. "This is a hugely exciting gift for Mets fans this Christmas as we pursue the championship."
Betances is reunited with his former Yankees team-mate Carlos Beltran, who was named Mets' new manager this winter. The Yankees stayed in touch with Betances agent Jim Murray this off-season, but they still have a well-stocked bullpen, with Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, Chad Green, and Tommy Kahnle under team control for at least two years, more seasons.
The Yankees were still trying to improve their bullpen by asking the Milwaukee Brewers about the two-time all-star Josh Hader. But Hader, who is still under the team's control for four years, would most likely accept a substantial trade offer.