Dellin Betances loses arbitration case against Yankees

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FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have won their arbitration hearing against right-hander Dellin Betances. The 28-year-old reliever will earn $3 million in 2017 after filing at $5 million earlier this year.

It’s a hefty raise for the three-time All-Star, who completed his fifth run with the Yankees in 2016 and earned just $507,000 on the year. He plowed through the first half of the year with a 2.50 ERA, but struggled after assuming the closer’s role in August and finished the year with a 3.08 ERA, 3.5 BB/9, 15.5 SO/9 and 12 saves in 73 innings.

Still, the Yankees felt a $5 million price tag was exorbitant for a non-closer, calling such a figure “half-baked” and a “moon shot.” Club president Randy Levine addressed the hearing in a press conference on Saturday, chastising Betances’ agents for suggesting a figure that’s usually reserved for elite closers like, say, Aroldis Chapman. Via Heyman:

Had Betances won his case against the team, Heyman notes, it would have been an unprecedented figure for a non-closer to receive in his first year of arbitration.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.