Yankees Working Toward Contract Extensions With Betances, Gregorius

Dellin Betances pitches during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium.
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By WFAN.com

Brian Cashman seems determined to keep the Yankees' core intact.

After locking up ace pitcher Luis Severino and center fielder Aaron Hicks to multiyear contracts this spring, the Yankees' general manager is working toward signing reliever Dellin Betances and shortstop Didi Gregorius to contract extensions, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Tuesday.

yankees are talking to both didi gregarious and dellin betances about extensions. betances is expected to get done first. didi would obviously not be a small deal. tj is minor factor but certainly not an impediment. moe important: didi and yanks love each other.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 26, 2019

Betances' deal is expected to be completed first. The 30-year-old right-hander is set to play this season on a one-year, $7.25 million contract and would become a free agent next winter if no deal is reached.

A four-time All-Star in his five seasons as a full-time major leaguer, Betances is 21-22 with a 2.36 ERA and 36 saves over his career. Last season, the New York City native went 4-6 with a 2.70 ERA and four saves.

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Gregorius, 29, is expected to miss a large chunk of this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. That injury is a "minor factor but certainly not an impediment" toward a contract, Heyman reported.

Since being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade before the 2015 season, Gregorius has emerged as one of the Yankees' most dependable players and a clubhouse leader. Last season, he hit .268 with a career-high 27 home runs.

Gregorius is earning $11.175 million on a one-year deal this season and is also set to hit free agency this winter.