Yankees demote Dellin Betances from Triple-A to Double-A

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Yankees prospect Dellin Betances had a 3.70 ERA and struck out 142 batters in 126 1/3 innings last season in the minors and ranked 63rd on Baseball America‘s Top 100 prospects list this past winter.

But his rise has suddenly stalled here in 2012.

As first reported by Trentonian beat writer Josh Norris, Betances, 24, was sent from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to Double-A Trenton on Wednesday after registering a 6.39 ERA and 1.88 WHIP over 74 2/3 frames in the International League. His strikeout rate has tanked (8.6 K/9) and he’s struggled mightily with his control (69 walks).

The Yanks will hope that the Brooklyn native can get back on track against a lower level of competition.

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”