Dellin Betances hasn’t been his usual dominant self this spring and the Yankees right-hander seems particularly worried about his decreased velocity, telling George King of the New York Post:
I haven’t asked about it, but it’s nowhere near where it should be. The more I pitch, that will come. Last year in spring training I trusted it more. This year I am trying to do too much instead of trusting what I have. The more I pitch the better I feel. I have always been like that.
It should be noted that decreased velocity for Betances still means throwing 92-94 miles per hour, but he averaged 96.6 miles per hour last year and topped out at triple-digits.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that he’s not worried now, but will be if Betances doesn’t add a few miles per hour between now and Opening Day. Girardi hasn’t said whether Betances or Andrew Miller will serve as the Yankees’ closer, but regardless of the role Betances is one of the team’s biggest keys following a spectacular rookie campaign.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.