Yankees headed to arbitration with Betances
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees plan to go to salary arbitration with reliever Dellin Betances, which would be the team's first hearing in nearly a decade.
Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Betances submitted a proposed $5 million salary last week and the Yankees filed at $3 million. A hearing before three arbitrators will be scheduled for next month.
''We're not going to reach a resolution with Dellin,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday. ''Based on all our discussions it was clear that the different perspectives were such a wide bridge.''
New York renewed Betances at the major league minimum $507,500 last year. A setup man for the first four months, he took over as closer after the trades of Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs and Andrew Miller to Cleveland.
Betances, a right-hander who turns 28 in March, figures to be primarily a setup man again following Chapman's decision to return to the Yankees, who gave him an $86 million, five-year contract - a record for a relief pitcher. Betances struck out 126, leading big league relievers for the third straight year, and went 3-6 with a 3.08 ERA and 12 saves in 17 chances.
Cashman said there had been limited discussions about a multiyear deal but he did not anticipate additional talks.
Since defeating Mariano Rivera in 2000, the Yankees' only arbitration hearing was in 2008: Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was awarded a raise from $489,500 to the team's $4 million offer instead of his $4.6 million request.
''We'll go about and just basically have a polite discussion about market value and history of where the marketplace sits vs. attempts for new market creation,'' Cashman said.