LA Angels: 3 Relievers To Take Their Bullpen From Good to Great
2.) Dellin Betances
Arguably the best relief pitcher in all of baseball of the past five years, Dellin Betances is coming off a nightmare 2019 season. He spent a large majority of the season rehabbing from shoulder/lat injuries. When he finally made his way back to the mound, it was only for 0.2 innings.
After he made one appearance for the Yankees, Betances suffered a partial tear in his Achilles tendon. That ended his season less than an inning after it had begun, and added heaps of skepticism as Betances hits the open market.
This could be a signing that takes a long, long time to develop. Teams will be scared of the injury, age (he’ll turn 32 in March), and price tag. However, before this season Betances had a 2.22 ERA over the past five years of his career. He is as elite as relief pitchers come.
If the Angels want to try and find a steal in terms of value this offseason, offering Betances a 2-3-year deal early on might be enough to secure his services. In terms of AAV, $12-15 million a year with incentives for Betances should be a fair offer for both sides.
For Betances, he locks up a good sum of money and hits the market again at 34/35 for one last chance to cash in should he remain effective. The Angels stay patient with Betances’ rehab, and get an All Star reliever to pair with Hansel Robles for the next few years.