Indians To Discuss Long-Term Deal With Betancourt

Reliever Rafael Betancourt turns 33 in April.  I have to admit, I didn’t realize he was that old.  He spent a lot of time in the Boston organization.  Betancourt had a career year in ’07, posting a 1.47 ERA in 79 innings.  Also I feel like I have to make the obligatory mention: Betancourt was suspended 10 games in July of 2005 for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.  He was the first Indians player to test positive and at the time spoke of filing a grievance to clear his name.

Anyway we’re in happier times now, as Betancourt’s agent will meet with the Indians about a possible multiyear extension.  He’s got four years of service time, so he’ll reach free agency after the 2009 season.


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