The Yankees aren’t expecting Dellin Betances in camp this week, and that could be the case until Betances’ settles his salary dispute with the front office.
Betances has an arbitration case on Friday and an arbitrator will determine if Betances will make either $3 Million (what the Yankees filed) or $5 Million (what Betances filed).
Betances’ agent Jim Murray provided no comment but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Betances’ absence.
Even though Betances could have showed up on Tuesday when pitchers and catchers reported, he technically doesn’t have to show until February 22nd, which is when players participating in the World Baseball Classic must arrive at camp. Mandatory dates to arrive for other players are February 28th.
With Betances in a salary war with the Yankees, the media asked Yankees manager Joe Girardi if it was going to affect his relievers’ relationship with the team. Girardi hopes it isn’t the case.
“If I feel that it does affect him, I will talk to him,” Girardi said. “Obviously this is the part of the game that somewhat becomes public and sometimes can be frustrating for both sides.
“You have to be able to move on. When you sign up for this game, it becomes not only a game that you love and you fight and do everything you can to win, but it’s also a business and you have to balance that.
“Once he gets through his arbitration case, we’re going to have to put that business behind and move on and focus on the game. Sometimes it takes players a little bit of time. Sometimes there can be hard feelings but that’s something we’ll have to deal with.”
Betances is slated to slide into the eighth inning while Aroldis Chapman serves as the Yankees closer. Betances has a 1.93 ERA since joining the Yankees in 2014.