New York Mets rumors: Betances’ deal, Haggerty DFA’d, rumblings and more

New York Mets, Sam Haggerty

The New York Mets’ fans received their Christmas present in the form of an All-Star reliever. Dellin Betances will be a high-powered weapon to an already good bullpen.

The dominos started to fall after the announcement, with roster moves and additional rumors.

Here are the New York Mets’ rumors and links:

Anthony DiComo: Right-handed reliever Dellin Betances, as you know by now, agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Mets. In the last 48 hours, the press and the team itself revealed the details of the pact.

According to Anthony DiComo of, the pact will pay Betances $10.5 million guaranteed, including a $3 million buyout on his 2021 player option. It could be worth a maximum of 13.5 miillion over two years if he triggers his the option.

In a later tweet, DiComo details that the contract can max out at $14.5 million because it comes, additionally, with a $1 million 2022 player option, which will vest in the case  he plays a minimum of 50 games in 2020. That option includes a $500k buyout.

Jayson Stark: Doctors said in September that Betances will be all systems go by Spring Training, but it certainly isn’t a guarantee. As Stark notes, he is a nice lottery ticket for the Mets but shoulder and Achilles’ tears are two of the most worrisome injuries for a hurler. He had both, so it makes the signing the quintessential high-risk, high-reward move.

Michael Baron: While replying to a fan’s take, Michael Baron offered his thoughts on the Mets’ center field and backup catcher situation. He said Starling Marte, a trade candidate a few weeks ago, is now “less probable today than a month ago.”

Baron also explained that a Kevin Plawecki reunion is highly unlikely. He observed that Tomas Nido is a better defensive catcher.

MLB Trade Rumors: To make room for Dellin Betances on the roster, the Mets decided to designate Sam Haggerty for assignment.

Haggerty only played in 11 games in 2019, his debut season with the New York Mets. He accumulated four plate appearances. Part of the return for Plawecki, he has experience all over the diamond.