Dellin Betances would like to see Joe Girardi back for 2018 and beyond.
“Yeah, I mean I don’t know what’s the plan with that, but Joe’s always been good and I’m hoping that everything works out,” the pitcher said Tuesday as he left Yankee Stadium.
Girardi’s four-year, $16 million deal will expire at the end of the month. He exited the Stadium at 1 p.m. Tuesday after spending an hour there.
The 53-year-old manager guided the Yankees to within a victory of the World Series, and several young players made huge strides under his watch. It seems like a situation he’d want to stay in, given the potential for sustained success.
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But there have also been rumblings that he could walk away to spend more time with his family, which Girardi plans to talk to about his future.
“I love what I do,” Girardi said during the postseason. “I’ve always said, the first thing that I do is I always talk to my family first. They come first. Because I think when you have a job, your family has to buy in, too. It’s not just what you want out of life. It’s everyone buying in. So I’ll sit down, talk to my wife and kids and see where they’re at and what they’re thinking. And then we’ll see what the Yankees are thinking.”
On Tuesday, an ESPN podcast suggested it could come down to a difference in money between the two sides.
Brian Cashman is also in the final year of his deal, though the GM seems like a lock to return given the way he transformed the roster into a contender much quicker than expected while elevating the farm system as well.
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As for Betances, he also expects to return following an up-and-down 2017 campaign.
“I’m still under team contract so I’m guessing I’ll be back,” said Betances, who is arbitration-eligible.
Betances understood why Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson were used more in high-leverage situations during the playoffs.
“At the time I wasn’t pitching as good so you’ve got to be understanding at that point,” Betances said. “But I’ll be back to being my old self.”
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Betances plans to take three weeks off before getting back to work in the off-season. His inconsistency in his delivery produced too many walks.
Betances is close with CC Sabathia, who was also spotted leaving the Stadium on Tuesday. He hopes the 37-year-old veteran, now a free agent, comes back as well.
As for the future, Betances said: “The team here is unbelievable. We’re going to be good for a long time.”
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