Mets, Be­tances agree to 1-year deal with 2021 player op­tion

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK (AP) >> The New York Mets have reached an agree­ment with free-agent re­liever Dellin Be­tances on a one-year con­tract with a player op­tion for 2021.

The Mets an­nounced the deal with the four-time All Star on Tues­day. Be­tances is guar­an­teed $10.5 mil­lion un­der the con­tract.

The 31-year-old, who is from New York, is stay­ing in his home­town af­ter spend­ing his first eight sea­sons in the ma­jors with the Yan­kees.

He missed most of 2019 be­cause of in­juries. Be­tances’ sea­son ended af­ter just eight pitches. He tore an Achilles ten­don in his first ap­pear­ance back from a lat injury that had side­lined him since spring train­ing.

Be­tances was the first re­liever in base­ball his­tory to have 100 or more strike­outs in five con­sec­u­tive sea­sons (2014-2018). The right-han­der led all ma­jor league re­liev­ers in strike­outs in each year from 2014-2016.

“Dellin is one of the elite re­liev­ers in the game with an in­cred­i­ble track record of pitch­ing on the big­gest stage and in play­off games,” Mets gen­eral man­ager Brodie Van Wa­ge­nen said in a state­ment.

In 2018, Be­tances made 66 ap­pear­ances, with a 2.70 ERA and 115 strike­outs in 66 2/3 in­nings.

He has made nine ca­reer play­off ap­pear­ances, with a 3.27 ERA and 17 strike­outs in 11 in­nings.

“I love New York,” Be­tances said. “I grew up in Man­hat­tan. Went to high school in Brook­lyn. Played mi­nor league ball in Staten Is­land. Made it to the big leagues in the Bronx. Now, I’m ex­cited to go win a World Se­ries with the Mets in Queens.”

To make room on the 40-man ros­ter, the Mets des­ig­nated in­fielder Sam Hag­gerty for as­sign­ment.

ERIC CHRISTIAN SMITH - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, New York Yan­kees re­lief pitcher Dellin Be­tances throws dur­ing the eighth in­ning of Game 6 of base­ball’s American League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries against the Hous­ton Astros in Hous­ton.

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