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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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Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.