Days after spring training started, the Yankees continue to add pitching depth. According to Bryan Hoch, the team has brought former Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis on board. Jon Heyman says it’s a minor-league deal, and Joel Sherman notes it comes with a $1.5 million base salary that can max out at $2 million.
Bettis, 30, pitched in parts of seven seasons with Colorado. He worked primarily as a starter, but wound up in recent years, pitching to a career 5.12 ERA (4.59 FIP).
From 2015-2016, Bettis served as a solid starter, posting a 93 and 99 ERA-, respectively. A battle with testicular cancer sidelined him for most of the 2017 season, however, and he never regained peak form.
We’ll have more as it becomes available. Quick thoughts, though: Bettis is easy to root for, and there is no such thing as a bad minor-league deal.