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Poor pitching spoils a big offensive night as the Yankees drop rubber-match in Texas

A rough night for Yankees pitching spoiled another offensive outburst, as the Rangers picked up a 12-10 win on Wednesday night in Arlington. Wednesday also marks the first time that the Yankees have lost a series since they lost two out of three against the Red Sox at Fenway in early April. Despite the loss, the offense continues to roll. The Yankees totaled 14 hits and four home runs in the losing effort.

Fallouts from the Dellin Betances arbitration ruling

This past Saturday, the Yankees arbitration hearing with Dellin Betances was completed, with the arbiter ultimately ruling in favor of the Yankees, granting Betances a $3 million salary for 2017, not the $5 million he was seeking.
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Many will (correctly) argue that Dellin is worth more than the $3 million salary he will be paid out this season, but you also have to consider the system that both parties were working under. 

In terms of Major League Baseball salaries, NJ.com’s Randy Miller has astutely noted that service time is the #1 factor.  Yes, Betances has been one of Major League Baseball’s best relief pitchers over the past three seasons, but this was only his first run through the arbitration process.  He is also, technically speaking, a non-closer.  All these factors went into the decision that was made.  Whether we agree with the ruling or not, Betances was given a fair shake.

Of course, the biggest issue here wasn’t the decision that was made, rather the fact that Yankees President decided to unload on Betances and his representatives at Excel Sports Management after the fact. 

In the following video, fellow BBB writer Matt Graziano and I dig into the issue a little further, discussing what exactly happened between the two sides and why, Betances’ value to the Yankees, as well as what Betances’ future with the Yankees looks like.

Article by: Andrew Natalizio
Video credit: Matt Graziano