TAMPA -Joe Girardi understands why Dellin Betances has not reported for spring training yet, as the dominant setup man awaits the conclusion of his Friday arbitration hearing.
“Obviously, you want all your players in camp when it starts because you want to make sure they’re prepared, and he’s going to the (World Baseball Classic),” Girardi said Wednesday. “But I know he’s doing work and I understand why he’s not here. It’s an excused absence from us, but you never want to see someone not here. That’s the bottom line.”
Betances, who earned the league minimum ($507,000) last season, is seeking $5 million for 2017 while the Yankees filed at $3 million.
“It’s been a number of years since we’ve been through this, but the process is what the process is,” Hal Steinbrenner said. “It’s nothing personal. We love Dellin. He knows that. He’s been great for the organization, came up through the ranks, it’s just a procedural thing. The numbers were too far apart. That’s the obvious answer to your question, but that’s the reality.”
More questions than answers for Yankees rotation to start spring
Girardi wished the case could’ve been completed before spring training started.
“God forbid he got hurt in those two days. I’m not saying that he’s not in shape and he won’t be ready to go, but I think it’s somewhat of a distraction for a player when you’re waiting to find out what it’s going to be and they’re doing preparation,” Girardi said. “It was recommended by his agent that he wait until it gets done. There are so many good things in this game from a financial standpoint. This is the part that sometimes gets a little ugly because one side is arguing why you should get the money and the other side is going to bring up things why you shouldn’t get the money. It’s just something that you have to deal with. Hopefully, it’s a one-time thing that we go through this. My wish would be that arbitration cases are always done before spring training starts, so the player has a chance to be there on time.”
HOPING FOR THE BEST
Highly-touted Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes suffered a partially torn UCL in his elbow and will have season-ending Tommy John surgery. Masahiro Tanaka had the same partial UCL tear in 2014. So, Girardi admitted, there is always concern that a more serious injury could eventually arise.
Yankees hope arbitration hearing doesn’t affect Dellin Betances
“Everyone always thinks precursor, precursor, precursor (to Tommy John),” Girardi said. “Some guys just last longer. I hope it never happens, but it’s something you have to think about.”
Tanaka had career highs in starts (31) and innings pitched (199.2) last season. The Yankees would gladly sign up for that again.
Joe Girardi was asked about Luis Severino’s offseason workouts with Pedro Martinez, and then what Severino needs to do to earn a spot in the rotation.
Follow the Daily News Sports on Facebook. "Like" us here.
“Well, if he wants to pitch like Pedro that would work,” Girardi quipped.Send a Letter to the Editor