3 recent Mets free agent additions who basically ended up in Witness Protection

Were they ever really here?
Sep 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Jed Lowrie (4) reacts after striking
Sep 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Jed Lowrie (4) reacts after striking / Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
3 of 3
Next

3) Dellin Betances

It’s cringe now to see how the Mets promoted Dellin Betances as a Christmas gift to the fans prior to the 2020 season. They were taking a bit of a gamble on the longtime New York Yankees pitcher who appeared in only one game for the team the season prior. The wager didn’t pay off. They essentially chose “green” in a game of roulette where the only options were red or black.

Betances appeared in 15 games and 11.2 innings for the Mets in 2020. Considering this was the abbreviated season, it’s not too horrendous. He made appearances in July, August, and then the final two games of the season in September. 

The following year, after opting into a second with the Mets, was when Betances entered Witness Protection. He took the hill for the third game of the season. Then, just like that, he was gone.

We never did see Betances again in a Mets uniform. He tossed 3.2 innings in Syracuse during a rehab stint. He got hammered with 8 earned runs against him.

Betances last pitched for the Dodgers in the minors in 2022. Again, the results weren’t good. He got light up in 16.2 innings. The 10.26 ERA was a message from his body and to the rest of the baseball world. Unfortunately, it was over for him.

manual