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Yankees sign Chad Bettis to minors deal

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Right-hander Chad Bettis has signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees, according to multiple reports. Joel Sherman says that Bettis will earn $1.5 million if he makes the team, and can earn another $2 million in performance bonuses.

The former Rockies righty has had a rough go of it in recent years, including a testicular cancer diagnosis. He’s now cancer-free, and hoping for a shot to show what he can do when he’s healthy and not pitching at Coors Field. Bettis has shown the ability to be a serviceable enough back-end starter in the past. That’s exactly what the Yankees are hoping he can provide them with, either with the big league team or as potential depth.

There’s currently a chance for Bettis to make the team, given James Paxton‘s recent back surgery and Domingo German‘s suspension. Others competing for the rotation spot include Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loaisiga, Nick Tropeano and prospect Michael King.

Bettis’ peripherals haven’t exactly been the sexiest numbers in recent years (Baseball Prospectus’ DRA metric hasn’t ever really been a fan), but the Yankees can do a lot worse for a Spring Training lottery ticket.

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Phillies COVID testing reports no new positives

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Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.

It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.

All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.

UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: