Betances (personal) is expected to join the Yankees' camp Monday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Betances remained away from the team at the start of spring training after his wife gave birth Wednesday. He'll wind up being delayed for only a few days, which shouldn't affect his readiness for Opening Day.
Betances has not arrived at spring training due to the birth of his child, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. The reliever's wife gave birth Wednesday, so it comes as little surprise that he is with her following the momentous life event. The Yankees are unsure when Betances will report, but this delay is unlikely to inhibit him once he does join the team.
Betances agreed to a one-year, $7.125 million deal with the Yankees, avoiding free agency, Sweeny Murti of Sports Radio 66 WFAN reports. The two sides have not always seen eye to eye this time of year, famously going to trial and exchanging a war of words back in 2017, but they came to terms for Betances final year under club control. He will look to once again be one of the top setup men in the game before likely heading elsewhere in free agency, potentially somewhere he can establish himself as one of the game's top closers.
Betances logged the save Friday against the Orioles, tossing a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit and striking out one. Betances gave up a one-out single, but he managed to retire the final two batters to preserve the victory. He's managed to string together two scoreless outings since blowing a save Sunday against Toronto, and he'll handle mid-to-high-leverage situations down the stretch of the regular season as the Yankees head into the playoffs.
Betances allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three in a scoreless ninth inning to record his third save of the season Saturday against the Mariners. Betances allowed the potential winning run to reach base but managed to end the game with two strikeouts with the bases loaded. While it wasn't his sharpest effort, he has been solid in the closer role outside of one poor outing in which he allowed two home runs and three earned runs. As a result, he should continue to see the majority of the save opportunities while Aroldis Chapman (knee) is sidelined.