Dellin Betances has emerged as one of the most dominating relievers in the game this season, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed today that he has seen enough.
Armed with a mid-to-high 90s fastball and an unhittable curveball, Betances has posted a 1.40 ERA in 70 appearances this season to go along with an astounding 135 strikeouts over 90 innings. He struck out 39.6 percent of the batters he faced this season, good enough for fourth among pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched. Oh, and about that nasty curveball, Brooks Baseball notes that opposing batters hit just .075 with a .124 slugging percentage against the pitch this year. Just bonkers.
David Robertson is due to become a free agent this offseason, so Betances could take over the closer role for the Yankees in 2015.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.