Betances optioned to Triple-A among trio of roster cuts


Via Chad Jennings, the Yankees have optioned Dellin Betances to Triple-A and reassigned both Mike O’Connor and Juan Cedeno to minor league camp. This is the third round of roster cuts (round one, round two) and effectively reduces to second lefty reliever race to just Cesar Cabral and Clay Rapada. Rapada has been the front-runner all camp, but I’m starting to think Cabral will get the nod. He’s quietly been very effective and is several years younger than Rapada, so there’s at least a chance at upside going forward.

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  1. CANO FAN #1 says:

    Off topic

    Breaking news ibanez hit a home run.

    • RetroRob says:

      Just say it was off Cabral or Rapada, and then it’s on topic.

      • DM says:

        We’re on it in the other thread — but it’s topical considering the post is about “roster cuts” — which many hope Ibanez is a part of.

        • fin says:

          I dont think anyone should hope for Ibanez to be cut yet. There is still time for him to show signs of life. Maybe the HR will get him going, or maybe he just walked into one. If he is still showing what he has thus far in camp, I think cutting him would have to be considered. ITs unlikely though, since there are no lefties to take his place and have to pay him either way. If Maxwell was a lefty it would be an intersting decision.

  2. RetroRob says:

    Does anyone know what type of contract Rapada has with the Yankees? Does he have to pass through waivers, or can he just be directly assigned to AAA?

    If that’s the latter’s case, it increases Cabral’s chances of sticking since they can keep both. If the keep Rapada, they lose Cabral.

  3. fin says:

    NOt sure if anyone has mentioned it yet but Ryan Madson is gone for the year with TJ surgery. They are saying Aroldis back to the pen now. The Reds might make an interesting trade parterner.

  4. Naved says:

    Ah boo Betances didn’t even give up a run in spring training.

  5. viridiana says:

    Interesting — amnd maybe significant — that Betances continued to walk people but was basically unhittable.

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

      The Yankees may just have to learn to deal with the walks for a while.

      Randy Johnson, another tall flame-thrower, didn’t get his BB/9 under 4 until his age 29 season.

      And it took Nolan Ryan until his age 33 season to accomplish the same thing.

      So it’s not the end of the world if he doesn’t harness his control in AAA this year, as long as he limits the hits and keeps his K rate up.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I’ll gladly take the walks if they’re left stranded on base.

      • Jamey says:

        As long as they deal with it better than they did with Joba during his stint as a starter. Being a prized prospect for The Yankees seems to require being a polished, perfect pitching machine somewhere around your 5th career start.

      • fin says:

        In todays game, especially with the pitch counts toping out at 100 for young guys, is it feasable for a Betances to be a starter with walking ~5 per 9? It seems that would make him a 5 inning or less pitcher a significant amount of times he takes the mound. I’m thinking Ryan and Johnson got to throw alot more pitches than 100. I dont really know the answer to this, just throwing it out there as a possible difference.

  6. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    1 option left.

  7. Karl Krawfid says:

    I think Rapada will get the job. His career lefty splits are amazing.

  8. DERP says:

    Not a very nice birthday present.

  9. Tom says:

    I also hope they stick with Cabral even if Rapada may be a slightly better option against lefties in the short term.

    Keep in mind this is the SECOND LOOGY in the pen… and while you want everyone to be lights out, I think some of these low leverage spots in the pen should be given to guys with upside.

    Over the next 2 years Mo, Soriano and possibly Joba (FA after 2013) are gone and the Yankees need to start doing what they did with David Robertson – put some young guys in a low leverage role and see whether they evolves into a late inning option. Rapada has no shot at this; Cabral is probably just a small chance, but at least there is upside that he might be more than a LOOGY.

  10. Karl Krawfid says:

    Better yet, keep them both and get rid of Logan.

  11. STONE COLD Austin Romine says:

    Cabral & Logan two lefties that both can also get rhb’s out.

    Bullpen sans Joba hopefully will be a positive this year.

  12. STONE COLD Austin Romine says:

    If anybody’s expendable it’s Wade.

  13. nedro says:

    So, Adam Warren still in camp… I thought Phelps looked most impressive. Thoughts?

    btw am I the only one having trouble replying on the mobile site?

  14. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:

    RIP Cabron Rapada

  15. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Here’s hoping for a dominant Dellin in AAA and one who finds himself in the rotation next year. Truly homegrown player, an, by far, my favorite prospect.

    • fin says:

      Yea, I looked forward to his pitching days more than anything else this ST. I dont think I’ll watch another game during ST if he isnt pitching anymore. He has probably become my favorite prospect as well. When that prospect watch poll goes up, he will get my vote.

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