Mets Sign Former Yankees Star
The Mets signed a former Yankees star on Tuesday.
Say what you will about the Mets, but the organization has had something of a busy offseason.
Between changes in ownership, a new manager and roster upgrades, clearly team brass is looking to improve in the new year.
This week, Mets management looked to fill a hole in the team’s bullpen by signing former Yankees reliever, Dellin Betances.
Betances, 31, played for the Yankees from 2011 to 2018. He has a career ERA of 2.36 and is a four-time All Star.
Last year Betances suffered something of an injury-plagued campaign. He missed the first part of season with a bone spur in his shoulder and then suffered a partially torn Achilles.
In 2018 the pitch recorded a:
56% K rate pic.twitter.com/sjAE1P7azq
— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) December 24, 2019
According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Betances’ deal comes with a 2020 guarantee and then a player option in 2021.
There is also a non-guaranteed third year attached for 2022, but Betances would have to meet particular thresholds for it to take place.
Heyman is reporting that Betances will be getting $2.2 million in salary next year and $6 million the following year. In addition, there is a $5.3 million signing bonus and a $3 million buyout if he does not exercise the 2021 option.
This past season, the Mets finished 86-79 and three games shy of a Wild Card spot.
The team fired manager Mickey Callaway and replaced him with Carlos Beltran.
In 2019, the Mets acquired closer Edwin Diaz in a trade with the Seattle Mariners and resigned Jeurys Famlia. Unfortunately, the pair did not quite live up to expectations and were disappointing in terms of on-field production.
Presuming Betances is healthy and Diaz and Familia return to form next season, the Mets could quietly become very scary in 2020.