The Los Angeles Dodgers added additional depth to their relief bullpen options, signing relief pitcher Dellin Betances to a minor league contract.
First reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Betances could earn up to $2.75 million if he made the big roster.
Once one of the most imposing right-armers of the greats, Betances has been battling since 2019 when he was sidelined with a series of injuries. In just 17 appearances during that span, he allowed 11 runs in 13.1 innings pitched with a 7.43 ERA.
Now 34, the tall right-hander is 6’8″ tall and weighs 265 pounds. Prior to the injury streak, Betances was named to four consecutive All-Star Game appearances from 2014-2017.
During those four seasons with the Yankees, he made 283 appearances at a 2.11 ERA. He compiled 32 saves, 174 catches and 492 strikeouts in 306.2 innings pitched.
Despite missing the majority of the last three years, Betances still boasts a career strikeout percentage of an incredible 39.2%, thanks in large part to his high-velocity fastball and breaking pitches. sharp.
Betances becomes one of several relief pitchers signed by the Dodgers to minor league deals as the club continues to build its roster ahead of Opening Day.
While he may not be on the big league roster to begin with, Betances and the other minor league signings are looking to provide the team with plenty of injury options out of the current 40 players.
Originally drafted by the Yankees in the first round of the 2006 MLB Draft, Betances made his major league debut in 2011.
In addition to Betances, the Dodgers also signed Tyler Anderson, Jimmy Nelson and Danny Duffy to big league deals, acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the White Sox and inked Shane Greene, Mike Wright, Yency Almonte, Reyes Moronta and Daniel Zamora to minor league contracts.