New York Yankees: Five burning questions entering offseason

19 FEB 2016: New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) and New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) during a New York Yankees Spring Training workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
19 FEB 2016: New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) and New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) during a New York Yankees Spring Training workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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New York Yankees: 5 Burning Questions

Have we seen the last of Dellin Betances?

Dellin Betances missed just about all of the 2019 MLB season because of injuries. Without him, the New York Yankees managed to field one of the best bullpens in the game, reaching a game six of the ALCS.

In the past, Betances and the Yankees have butted heads over comments team president Randy Levine made about him in 2017. At the time, Levine ripped Betances’ salary request for 2017. In response, Betances threatened to limit his role and rethink his view of the organization.

Despite Betances being an elite reliever, all of this could spell the end for the New York-born reliever who is set to test free agency for the first time in his career. the Yankees will not want to pay him much more than the $7.25M he made in 2019.

What’s more, the Yankees already have a slew of relievers who have proven to be formidable assets for the team this season. Between Chad Green, Zack Britton, Tommy Kahnle, and Adam Ottavino, the team has more than enough arms to bridge the gap between the starter and the closer.

My prediction is: Betances, who will be 32-years-old at the start of the 2020 season, will begin the season elsewhere.