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Report: Dodgers sign All-Star reliever Dellin Betances

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Mar 4, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning of a spring training game at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed four-time All-Star reliever Dellin Betances to a minor league contract, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The 34-year-old right-hander would earn a prorated portion of a $2.75 million base salary if he reaches the major leagues, according to the New York Post. He could earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses.

Betances has made only 17 appearances in the past three seasons. He had surgery on his pitching shoulder after just one game with the New York Mets in 2021. A torn Achilles tendon ended his 2019 season with the New York Yankees after eight pitches.

Betances enjoyed a dominating five-year stretch in the Yankees’ bullpen from 2014-18, going 21-22 with 36 saves and a 2.22 ERA in 349 relief appearances. He struck out 607 batters in 373 1/3 innings in that span.

The Dodgers plan to open the season with a 16-man pitching staff, but it remains to be seen how soon Betances would be ready to join a bullpen that added closer Craig Kimbrel last week in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.

–Field Level Media