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.
Betances recorded his second save of the 2018 season Saturday, throwing a scoreless inning, working around a hit and striking out one to seal the Yankees' victory over the Tigers. The righty coughed up two homers Thursday against Detroit to blow the save and absorb the loss, but the towering 30-year-old got the job done despite allowing a two-out single in Saturday's opportunity. He induced a weak groundout -- his second of the appearance -- to put out the fire. During Aroldis Chapman's (knee) absence, Betances might cede the occasional closing call to Zach Britton or David Robertson, but he's the primary arm in Aaron Boone's plans.
Betances (4-4) blew the save and took the loss Thursday against the Tigers, allowing three runs on a walk and a pair of home runs. He struck out three. After retiring the first batter he faced, Betances issued a walk and then served up home runs to Victor Martinez and Niko Goodrum -- players slugging .352 and .425, respectively. Betances has been brilliant on the whole this season and has a 27:2 K:BB in 14.1 innings since the All-Star break, but this hiccup could result in manager Aaron Boone turning to David Robertson the next time the matchups call for a right-hander in the ninth.