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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

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