Dellin Betances has no regrets for critical comments about Randy Levine 12


Dellin Betances is ready to move on from the arbitration episode.

But he doesn’t regret the comments he made towards Yankees president Randy Levine on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m in a good mind-set as far as myself. No one has more confidence in me than myself,” Betances said after the team’s first workout on Sunday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field. “I feel good in that area. I don’t regret anything I said yesterday. I just had to get it off my chest. I did, and like I said I’m just trying to put it behind me.”

Levine made plenty of comments that not only upset Betances and his agent Jim Murray, but also MLBPA director Tony Clark. Clark called Levine’s comments “unprecedented and unprofessional.”

Betances will earn $3 Million this season, which is the highest amount a setup man has ever made in arbitration. But it was quite clear Levine’s comments had gotten to Betances.

Joe Girardi spent Saturday talking to Betances multiple times in an effort to assure that his setup man was okay. While it was noble for Girardi to take Betances under his wing during a difficult time, the front office seemed content with letting Girardi handle this one–which shouldn’t have been the case.

“I’ve talked to him a couple times since I’ve seen him on Saturday,” Joe Girardi said. “My thought on Dellin: It just happened yesterday and everything is fresh in his mind. This kid is a fierce competitor, this kid is a great teammate, this kid has always given us everything he has, and I think he’ll continue to do that. I’m not really concerned about that. I think sometimes you get in a certain situation and it’s fresh and you have to sort through your emotions as a person, as a player. He’ll do that and I think he’ll be just fine.”


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12 thoughts on “Dellin Betances has no regrets for critical comments about Randy Levine

    • Dexter

      It's not for Cashman or the owners to respond to the mess Levine created. This is all on Levine. Hopefully, ownership wises up and shows Levine the door in the not-too-distant future. What a schmuck! As for Betances, if one or more of their stable of relievers come into their own, wouldn't surprise me to see Dealing Dellin dealt come the trade deadline should 1) the Yanks be out of it, and 2) the return is too good to pass up. Business is business. Regardless, Levine unnecessarily muddied the waters here and should be forced to pay a hefty price for it. Just his presence around this club gives it a bad vibe. Losing Levine makes the club exponentially a more attractive place to play &/or root for the home team.

  • Balt Yank

    Why is Levine with the Yankees? He's been around forever. Why is that? This move was dumb and he should apologize or be fired. PS, please take Cashman with you.

  • Bomber4life

    I realize there are two sides to every story but what did Delin do so bad that he received this treatment? I've watched Delin Year after year since he started. Did his performance disappoint me as a fan at times? Yes, but even the great Mo gave them up every once in awhile. Delin deserves respect. Keep your head up Delin.

    • Delia Enriquez Post author

      All Betances did was ask for $5 Million in arbitration, which he has the right to according to the MLBPA. But the Yankees are now penny-pinchers, so they did whatever it took, even if it meant dragging Betances in the dirt, to not give him that money. Baseball’s a business, but the Yankees didn’t have to make it seem so dirty.

      • Jerry

        The sad part is, if that ass , Levine did not open his loud mouth, this story would be over. I don't have a problem with the amount Betances received, I think it's fair, but that clown kicking a man when he's down and talking foolishly , I have a problem with, And then no response from the Yankees is incredulous.

  • Fernandito Andujar

    Levine won't go anywhere. He's helped get George reinstated and had a key role in the new YS. He should stick to non-baseball decisions. I don't blame Cashman for any of this, but Hal should reign Levine in from making comments that will affect what the young guys think of the organization. I don't see Betances lasting here until 2020, but that was regardless of this exchange. Yankees will want to cash in on Betances like they did with Miller.

  • Balt Yank

    Levine is a mover and shaker, thanks for the reminder F.A., but this was such a dumb comment. Penny pinchers? They should have settled this for four million and then signed Killer B to a long term deal. Please, Ellsbury $21 million. He did not deserve close to that the day of the signing. Killer B has been a phenom from day one, plus a humble team player, and total gamer. When has a non-closing reliever made ALL STAR for his first three seasons in the MLB, never. Has any other non-closing reliever ever made ALL STAR three times, doubtful. Maybe Miller. Have many closers have been ALL STARS three plus times, probably not many and Killer B would need to be in that conversation too. The YANK MGMT needs to respect home grown players and start penny pinching on their very stupid frequent free agent signings. The last good FA was Jack Clark, LOL.