Dellin Betances is sticking to what he said from the beginning of Spring Training: No discussions about his contract situation.
When Betances arrived in Tampa on Feb. 18 -- a few days late due to his first child being born -- he initially brought up how his agent, Jim Murray, and GM Brian Cashman have been talking about a contract extension. However, he didn't want to touch on it for the rest of spring as he looks to the start of the season.
And that didn't change on Tuesday when Betances threw his first live BP session.
"I told you guys at the beginning, I'm really not discussing it," Betances told Newsday's Erik Boland. "I'm just focusing on playing baseball and helping this team win and that's my goal."
The Yankees have already shelled out two extensions this spring -- the first to RHP Luis Severino and OF Aaron Hicks joining him on Monday as Cashman begins locking up the team's core. Betances, along with Didi Gregorius, are the next players up, and the former definitely wants to stay in his home city.
He isn't rushing it, though.
"I would love to play here in New York, but whenever there's a decision to make, my agent will come to me with that. But for now, my focus is on my baby at home and trying to help this team win a championship."
So, with the contract questions behind him, Betances talked about showing up late to Spring Training and if that had any impact on how he gets ready for Opening Day. Betances said only "five or six" outings through the spring should be enough, so getting a late start isn't that big of a deal.
And after what manager Aaron Boone saw on Tuesday, he should be content with that.
"I thought he was good first time against hitters," Boone said. "Had really good command of his breaking ball. Was good with his fastball overall. Missed with some but overall pretty strong first day for him."
Betances was very consistent throughout his 2018 season, posting a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and a 1.05 WHIP. It is this type of production that has prompted Cashman to discuss an extension for the 6-foot-8 flamethrower.
As of now, though, Betances is playing on a $7.25 million deal for 2019, after which he will become an unrestrictred free agent.