The Killer B’s are dead.
Not long ago, the Yankees were hoping that Manuel Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman would help uplift their rotation with low-cost, high-ceiling arms. Brackman washed out. Banuelos needed Tommy John surgery and is out for this season. And now the Yankees have decided to move Betances to the bullpen at Triple-A, The Post has learned.
The decision was to some degree about baseball technicalities, according to GM Brian Cashman. Betances runs out of options after this year, meaning he either makes the 25-man roster in 2014 or he would have to be subjected to waivers.
“This is the problem with the development clock,” Cashman said. “If he had two or three more options, we would keep working with him as a starter. But with him being out of options after this year, it is becoming more obvious that if he is going to help us, it is going to be out of the pen.”
Betances is 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA in six starts at Triple-A this year. In his last start on Sunday, Betances actually threw five no-hit innings. But he walked four and has 16 walks in 24 innings. Betances is 6-foot-8 and the New York-born righty simply has had difficulty maintaining a stable delivery.
So the Yankee hope now, expressed by Cashman, is that he can take what the organization still considers high-end stuff and harness it in short relief.