Three Mets who will absolutely not be back after the 2021 season
By Mason Smoller
Reliever Dellin Betances
Like Matz, Dellin Betances is in need of a major bounce-back year to earn even a modest contract in 2022. Just that is where the similarities end between the two.
The 6-8 and 265lbs reliever is a four-time all-star and has proven to be one of the most dominant bullpen arms in recent memory. From 2014-2018, Betances played in at least 66 games for the Yankees, with two years below a 2.00 ERA, and the only one above 3.00, at 3.08. Betances’ strikeout per nine innings stood above 15 for three straight years.
Then, in 2019, injuries started taking a toll. He only played in one game for the Yankees before missing the remainder of the year due to a torn achillies. The injuries unfortunately poured into his first-year last season with the Mets, as he finished it on the injured list.
Prior to hitting IL, Betances was not doing to hot either. In 15 games, Betances owned a 7.71era, in large part due to walking more batters than he struck out. Without a doubt, the Mets need Betances to bounce back.
If he does, it will work out for both sides. Betances will have the ability to hit the market again for an age 34 season, coming off of his best year since 2018. He also will have a vesting option for 2022, which comes into play if he plays in over 50 games. It also pays out $13-million if he hits the 70 game mark.
Chances are Betances will improve in 2021, as a player of his caliber with proper spring training should ease into the season better. However, there are too many factors in play to bank on him being a Met in 2022. His injury history, the 50-game minimum, and if he rebounds, he could net more than what he would be due.