The Yankees and Dellin Betances have their work cut out for them.
On February 17th, the Yankees and Betances will go to an arbitration hearing which will determine how much Betances will get for the 2017 season.
Betances and the Yankees should have no problem during the arbitration process, right? I mean, the Yankees need Betances just as much as Betances needs them.
Well, the Yankees and Betances might settle a contract for the 2017 season, but no one will emerge victorious.
Imagine being Betances, sitting directly across from the Yankees as they try to argue the reasons why Betances doesn’t deserve the $5 Million contract he wants. But do the Yankees have any ammunition to prove that Betances doesn’t deserve the money?
Well, Betances can’t throw to first and he tires easily in September. However, Betances has been working on his fielding this offseason and in a way, the Yankees were responsible for Betances tiring in September with the workload they gave him. All disputable points in court.
So how could Betances counter against the Yankees? Well, Betances is a three-time All-Star, is a proven set-up man and is on one of the friendliest team contracts in baseball.
In the end, three arbitrators will decide Betances’ fate. Even if the verdict is in Betances’ favor, Betances loses either way. If Betances gets the $5 Million, other pitchers with similar stats and lower pay will feel short-changed whether they’re on the Yankees or on another ball club. If Betances loses and is instead awarded $3 Million, he’s going to feel undervalued and underpaid by the Yankees, who are the second richest team in baseball.
They’re billionaires for crying out loud!
Betances will still have to go to Spring Training and reflect on the arbitration process. Arbitration can be messy, and relationships can get strained if both sides fight like it’s World War 3 in the courtroom. Which is why the Yankees and Betances have to deal with this as delicately as possible. The Yankees don’t want to risk losing Betances when he reaches free agency, and Betances wants to feel like he’s getting his money’s worth.
In the end, there can only be one ‘winner’. And the winner will determine the aftermath of the arbitration hearing.