Royals Sign Yuniesky Betancourt

5:22pm: Betancourt's base salary is for $2MM, and he could earn an additional $500K in incentives related to playing time, tweets Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star.

1:41pm: The Royals announced that they signed Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year, Major League contract. The Royals' 40-man roster includes 39 players with the addition of Betancourt, who was traded to Milwaukee from Kansas City in last offseason's Zack Greinke trade.

“We have been looking for a utility infielder who could play short, third and second base and we feel Yuni is a great fit,” Royals GM Dayton Moore said in a statement. “He brings a right-handed bat with some power and is a guy we know fits in well in the clubhouse.”

Betancourt, 29, posted a .252/.271/.381 line as the Brewers' everyday shorstop in 2011. He posted a negative UZR/150 (-7.4) for the sixth time in as many seasons as a regular shortstop. The Royals clearly intend to use Betancourt at second base, where he has started nine MLB games and at third, where he has yet to play an inning in the Major Leagues. He'll back up Royals infielders Alcides Escobar, Johnny Giavotella and Mike Moustakas in 2012.


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172 Comments on "Royals Sign Yuniesky Betancourt"


FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

lol lmao rofl

toddcoffeytime
3 years 8 months ago

bahahahaha

John Gregory
3 years 8 months ago

Heh.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Qúe

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

Well that’s unfortunate for the Royals fans.

3 years 8 months ago

You can have him…

Signed,

Brewers Fan

JST1331
3 years 8 months ago

There is going to be a lot of pissed off Royals fans…

Sage
3 years 8 months ago

HAHAHAHAH! They pawned him off on us and even gave us $2mil to pay for him, and now they’re signing him again? What’s wrong with them? Needless to say, glad he’s off the market. Now it’s guaranteed that Melvin won’t bring him back to the Brewers. 😀

letsgogiants
3 years 8 months ago

I’m pretty sure the signing of Alex Gonzalez meant the end for Betancourt’s tenure as a Brewer

frickafracka
3 years 8 months ago

The Crew still need a utility infielder as well. But as a Brewer fan, it’s “Yuni B back to KC, Yippe!” for me!

3 years 8 months ago

Technically that $2 million was from the Mariners. When the When the Royals traded for Betancourt, the Mariners also agreed to pay some of his salary, $1 million in 2010 and $2 million in 2011. So the Mariners really gave you money for him.

trustingtheGMDMprocess
3 years 8 months ago

correction…that cash that paid for yuni to the brewers actually came from when we first acquired him from seattle.

but as a royals fan, i only like this deal if he PH’s late in games and plays NO MORE than twice a week.

diesel2410
3 years 8 months ago

Royals: Fine we’ll give you Yuni……
Brewers: Ok thanks!
Brewers: @#$% TAKE HIM BACK!
Royals: Ok :)

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Could you be more specific? I know of two four-lettered words that could fit there.

diesel2410
3 years 8 months ago

Be creative, hehehehheheh

mkflannery
3 years 8 months ago

I know. it’s either poop or darn. I think…

cmm4kc
3 years 8 months ago

utility player??  why tf would DMGM sign Yuni AGAIN???

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 8 months ago

C’mon guys, show some appreciation! They spared the rest of the league from this guy. What… honor!

Colin Christopher
3 years 8 months ago

Crap. Well, at least it’s only for one year. I hope they aren’t paying him much.

Colin Christopher
3 years 8 months ago

Crap. Well, at least it’s only for one year. I hope they aren’t paying him much.

Colin Christopher
3 years 8 months ago

Crap. $2 million plus incentives. They could have paid Irving Falu the MLB minimum salary to be just as good of a utilityman as Yuni, and it would have saved them over $1.5M.

theflopallin
3 years 8 months ago

…..and the joke continues.
Someday, somehow…the Royals will gain some respect back, but moves like this…sooo…moronic just absolutely stun me.

As a Royals fan, I feel absolutely kicked in the gut right now. *shakes head* enjoy actual QUALITY signings, other teams fans. Just know the Royals are here to pick up the dregs. Yuni effing Betancourt. Really Dayton? Wow..just..wow.

3 years 8 months ago

There is absolutely nothing moronic about this move. Get past the name “Yuniesky Betancourt” and the move makes some sense… the Royals have a utility infielder who can hit for some power. A lot of teams would love to have that.

3 years 8 months ago

define “power”

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

He said “some power”, and I’d say that 29 HR over the last two years is “some power”.

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

True, but he is in no way a utility player.  He does nothing well other than his decent power.  He can’t play shortstop, let alone other positions.  There is no reason for him to be on a major league roster.  Period.

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

You won’t get a disagreement out of me.  I was merely stating the obvious – that he does have oen legitimate tool.

3 years 8 months ago

yeah, I don’t think hes really a power threat.. now that hes a role player and all.

Hes been the same player hes always been, that recent power surge came at the price of a .270 OBP.. Not sure how thats gonna translate with him getting fringe playing time. The Dodgers should of signed him, huh? Look at that power

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

He just adds nothing to a bench imo.  Speed? No.  Versatility?  No.  OBP?  Heck no.  I don’t get it.  I can’t believe this guy continues to get a job.

3 years 8 months ago

If he could defend, it would be one thing.. but he can’t even do that.

jdnelson
3 years 8 months ago

A utility player with no utility.  He can’t play SS worth a lick, never played 3B, very sparingly at 2B, and he is near worthless as a hitter. It doesn’t matter what name you attach to him, he is still awful. The fact that Royals fans are already aware of just how awful he is makes this signing even worse. Pretty much a big slap in the face.

jdnelson
3 years 8 months ago

A utility player with no utility.  He can’t play SS worth a lick, never played 3B, very sparingly at 2B, and he is near worthless as a hitter. It doesn’t matter what name you attach to him, he is still awful. The fact that Royals fans are already aware of just how awful he is makes this signing even worse. Pretty much a big slap in the face.

KingofKauff
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t understand the hysteria, he is signed to be the “utility infielder.”  Essentially, play once or twice a week, at most, to give a guy a day off.  He can hit a 3 run home run and if escobar goes down they can afford a week or two of him playing.  People are so dramatic, teams would love to have him as there utility guy.

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

No.  Just plain old no.

John McFadin
3 years 8 months ago

No, teams wouldn’t.  Or he would have already signed, and for more than what he got, considering there are a multitude of teams looking for a utility infielder.

Colin Christopher
3 years 8 months ago

Right…that’s why SO many teams were knocking down his door to get him onto their benches. 

The Royals would have been better served to simply let Irving Falu or Lance Zawadzki come up from AAA to be a utilityman for the MLB minimum salary than to pay one of the worst overall players in Major League baseball $2 million plus incentives.

AkuCin48
3 years 8 months ago

The signing is terrible, but hey at least u guys didin’t resign Gil Meche! Don’t worry, u guys will make some noise this yr, fall out race couple weeks after all star break and next off season, will make a couple quality signings to fill wholes on ur team(probably bullpen, 3 or 4 starter) and really make a push in a week a.l. central. The Royals system is sick! 

AkuCin48
3 years 8 months ago

That is a terrible signing, but at least it wasn’t Gil Meche! U guys are real close, you’ll make some noise this yr, fall outta race couple weeks after all star break and then next offseason, u guys will make a few quality signings to fill a few holes on ur team (probably bullpen, 3or 4 starter)and then next yr really make a push in a weak a.l.central. The royals system is sick!

kcgregory
3 years 8 months ago

I view the Meche signing as one of Moore’s best.  He pitched like a #2 until Chainsaw Hillman made his arm fall off.

theflopallin
3 years 8 months ago

…..and the joke continues.
Someday, somehow…the Royals will gain some respect back, but moves like this…sooo…moronic just absolutely stun me.

As a Royals fan, I feel absolutely kicked in the gut right now. *shakes head* enjoy actual QUALITY signings, other teams fans. Just know the Royals are here to pick up the dregs. Yuni effing Betancourt. Really Dayton? Wow..just..wow.

$14878247
3 years 8 months ago

How does this guy keep getting a job every year? This guy gives me hope that someday I’ll play in the MLB.

$14878247
3 years 8 months ago

How does this guy keep getting a job every year? This guy gives me hope that someday I’ll play in the MLB.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

he probably is still way better at baseball than us normal people

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t know. I’m sure I have better range

mgsports
3 years 8 months ago

Getz could have said. Colon or Navarro?

oct27
3 years 8 months ago

Colon isn’t ready and Navarro isn’t a Royal.

kcgregory
3 years 8 months ago

He could have been referrring the Rey Navarro who probably projects as best future option at 2B, but it’s a reach to think he’s MLB ready at this point.

mgsports
3 years 8 months ago

Getz could have said. Colon or Navarro?

3 years 8 months ago

Dayton Moore: i wish i knew how to quit Yuni

pennypincher
3 years 8 months ago

Yuniesky Anonymous

call 1-800-OHNOWHY today!

3 years 8 months ago

Dayton Moore: i wish i knew how to quit Yuni

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

to celebrate and show solidarity, this thread shall now be about jokes

Karkat
3 years 8 months ago

Moving from starting to backing up a player you were traded for last season has to sting.