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Yankees' CC Sabathia tries to counsel Dellin Betances

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia warms up

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia warms up his arm during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

TAMPA, Fla. — In private, Dellin Betances expressed to CC Sabathia some of the same anger he would relay to the media later in the day, maybe even more.

“Yeah [he was angry], and I knew he would be,” Sabathia said Saturday. “It’s just one of those things where at some point, I think, every player learns the business side of the game, whether it’s early in your career or later in your career, and he learned that lesson early in his career.”

Sabathia said he reminded Betances, an All-Star the last three seasons, that the $3 million he’ll be getting this season may not be the $5 million he was looking for, but it isn’t insignificant.

“He’s still making a lot of money, that’s the one thing I keep telling him,” Sabathia said. “I think he’ll be able to bounce back, separate the business from the game and be able to come out and still do his job.”

And while Betances hinted Saturday — after the contentious nature of Friday’s arbitration hearing — that he might not be as amenable to being used the way he was the past three seasons, Sabathia said he doubts anything will change once the games start for real.

“I’m sure that’s something probably said in the heat of the moment,” Sabathia said. “Dellin’s a guy that will do anything for the team to win, so I’m not really worried about his role going forward. I think he’ll be fine.”

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