Betances have been on the injured list with a right shoulder conflict for most of the season, since losing his only set of work on April 7. The reliever had apparently made good progress in his recovery on a minor league rehab mission, but Betances will now see their third consecutive season ruined by injury.
Since the start of the 2019 campaign, Betances have only pitched 13 1/3 innings in total due to various injuries. Another shoulder conflict and then a partially torn Achilles tendon limited him to just two-thirds of an inning with the Yankees in 2019, and while the delayed 2020 season has seen Betances recover from his Achilles injury, the lat tension at the end of August ended until cut short this season after 11 2/3 images.
Despite the injury cloud hanging over him after the 2019 season, Betances still landed $ 10.5 million in free agency money from the Mets, with player options for the 2021 and 2022 campaigns. adopted the first of those player options for 2021, Betances have blocked an additional $ 3 million, so he has so far earned $ 13.5 million for his 12 2/3 innings in a Mets uniform. Since he obviously won’t hit his innings threshold, Betances’ player option for 2022 is only $ 1million, but Betances will likely exercise the option anyway, just to make sure it is. money guaranteed after another lost season.
Not too long ago, Betances were one of baseball’s most feared relievers, with a 2.22 ERA and a 40.3% strikeout rate in 373 1/3 innings with the Yankees from 2014 to 2018. This stretch has seen Betances make the AL All-Star on four occasions, quite a feat for a relief pitcher who is no closer. This dominance made the Mets’ free agent investment seem like a pretty decent bet for the team, although the Mets unfortunately received next to nothing from Betances. The question now is whether Betances can simply regain the level of health needed to resume his career as he enters his 34-year-old season.