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.”
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.”