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.