Dellin Betances retires

The 34-year-old, who spent 10 seasons in the Majors with the Yankees and Mets, signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in April, posting a 10.26 ERA in 16 2/3 innings with rookie ACL Dodgers and Triple-A Oklahoma City. The club announced he was released on Wednesday afternoon.

Originally taken by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2006 draft, Betances was used exclusively as an underage starter and was ranked as the 41st prospect in MLB heading into the 2012 season. But lingering control issues led to a move in the bullpen, where he flourished – in his first full Major League season in 2014, he posted a 1.40 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in 90 innings of work, striking 135 batters, good for a third. place yourself in the AL Rookie of the Year vote.

Betances remained a mainstay on the Yankees bullpen through 2018, hitting a 2.22 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 349 appearances over those five seasons while tallying 36 saves and striking out 607 batters in 373 1/3 sleeves. He was also named to four consecutive AL All-Star teams from 2014 to 2017.

A right shoulder impingement and a partially torn left Achilles tendon limited him to just one appearance in 2019, which would ultimately be his last year in the Bronx. Betances, a New York native, signed a one-year contract with the Mets in December 2019 but continued to struggle with shoulder injuries, making just 16 appearances over the next two seasons.

Betances finished his career with a 21-23 record and 36 saves, as well as the fifth-highest K/9 rate in baseball history (14.4, min. 300 innings pitched).

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