Yankees RHP Dellin Betacnes said he's ready to move on from the critical comments Yankees president Randy Levine made about him after his arbitration ruling.
"Once I said everything I had to say, I left it behind me,'' Betances told the NY Post. "Being here with my teammates, I was quickly able to focus on baseball. Being here with the guys you go to battle with, that helps everything.''
Levine recently called Betances a victim of "over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality" by his agents, who he said "used" Betances.
Betances, who didn't want to speak to Levine at the time and hasn't spoken to him since, had filed at $5 million while the Yankees filed (and won) at $3 million,
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said arbitration hearings can be ugly.
"It's an uncomfortable situation for everyone involved," he said. "It will pass. The competition starts and Dellin will be Dellin and that's all you worry about. As a player I was never good enough to go to a hearing, but it's the one part of the negotiations that can get really ugly."
Betances, 28, had a 3.08 ERA (1.78 FIP) and 1.12 WHIP with 126 strikeouts in 73 innings (73 appearances) for the Yankees last season.
He has a 2.16 ERA (2.06 FIP) and 1.00 WHIP with 404 strikeouts in 254 2/3 innings in parts of five seasons with the Yankees.