Orioles Sign Wilson Betemit

1:01pm: Betemit obtains a $3MM guarantee and the deal could be worth up to $6MM, tweets Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

9:44am: The Orioles announced that they have signed Wilson Betemit to a two-year, Major League contract that includes a vesting option for 2014.  Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com adds that Betemit will be Baltimore's primary DH and that the option is based on plate appearances (Twitter links).  Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun first reported the move (via Twitter).  Betemit is represented by the Wasserman Media Group.

The 30-year-old utilityman hit .285/.343/.452 for the Royals and Tigers last season, starting at third in K.C. until Mike Moustakas was called up and then was dealt to Detroit as a hot corner alternative to Brandon Inge.  Betemit has experience playing all over the diamond but has mostly played third base for the last two seasons.  He could well play third again in Baltimore if the O's again become frustrated with Mark Reynolds' defense, but the switch-hitting Betemit provides depth in several spots for the club, including designated hitter.


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3 years 7 months ago

What why

Jon Melton
3 years 7 months ago

Just hope the cholesterol levels arent part of the physical.

NickinIthaca
3 years 7 months ago

Every time I read those two words together, I think of (and read it in the voice of) the guy in Super Troopers… as he’s getting a snow cone in the head at the concession stand of a kids baseball game. 

What a beautiful game!

3 years 7 months ago

Interesting…

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

Duke keeps doing exactly what he says he’ll do.  He said he wanted a guy who could get on base and start at 2nd.  

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

Defensively, you realllllllly don’t want him starting at 2nd.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Very nice pickup by The Duke here and as the story implied.. emergency player for Reynolds, who *could* be used as a DH this year perhaps to keep his evil glove away from 3B perhaps??

Eric
3 years 7 months ago

This is a good signing.

Betemit is a decent hitter

3 years 7 months ago

Up to $6M though? It appears that they were the only bidders in on him. 

3 years 7 months ago

Decent?  Just found Betemit….listed under replacement level player

kingoriole
3 years 7 months ago

Wrong.
He’s worth 2.1-2.6 WAR over the last two years depending who’s counting. And that’s only with 675 PAs.

He could make this a plus value deal by the end of next year if he nabs a starting job (especially if he sniffs that .360 wOBA he has over the last couple years).

3 years 7 months ago

I cant take the O’s seriously anymore. But i guess no 1 year deal is a bad deal….except for Ben Sheets. Good depth guy

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

Don’t forget about Justin Duchscherer. Sheets will at least give you a start,
Duchscherer gets injured warming up for his starts.

mstrchef13
3 years 7 months ago

A good signing. He provides insurance in case Roberts isn’t able to play 2B. He can play third and short, switch hitter. Not much speed to speak of, but gets on base enough to keep from having to bat Hardy or Andino leadoff.

Corey Italiano
3 years 7 months ago

Sure, he can “play” 2nd, 3rd and short. He’s not any good, though.

ldwhite2
3 years 7 months ago

.285/.343/.452  is not any good? 

3 years 7 months ago

i think he means defensively

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

There is no possible way he could play short. He’s an absolute butcher at 3rd.

3 years 7 months ago

The Tigers should have offered arbitration to Betemit, and if they don’t get another thrid baseman, bring him back.  His defense is atrocious, but he’s overall way better than Don Kelly or Inge against righty pitching.  He’s also a better DH than the likes of  Damon, Ibanez, or the scrubs we’re reading about.

Heliosphan
3 years 7 months ago

I agree that he’s a better against RHP than B. Inge or the mighty Don Kelly (and his career .648 OPS). However, he’s not better than every DH out there. Vlad Guerrero is still out there. And I could see Matsui having a bounceback year if he were in the AL Central. 

OhthePossibilities
3 years 7 months ago

Oh.  My spleen!  Vladdy!  Good one!

Thomas Wilson
3 years 7 months ago

Betemit has a .290/.359/.479 line with 21HR and 42 2B over his last 674 PA that is a pretty good DH

3 years 7 months ago

That’s like 1 1/2 to 2 seasons worth of numbers since on a good team, he’s a part-timer.  10-14 HR and 20-30 2b. Knock yourselves out, O’s nation.

3 years 7 months ago

nice pickup. would have been nice to see him dh for the yanks

3 years 7 months ago

Why he wasn’t signed yet is beyond me, if the O’s are wise they’ll let him slot in at the hot corner or first base and let Mark Reynolds move to DH if you ask me.

3 years 7 months ago

Or start him at 2B

3 years 7 months ago

Even with Roberts out the Orioles have Adams and Hoes(heh.) waiting in the wings at 2B, why wouldn’t you put Betemit in a more open position? Clearly the O’s don’t trust Davis with a starting job and Betemit has potential to be a .850 OPS guy if he was actually given a concrete position in a lineup, his HR numbers should shoot up in that tiny Orioles ballpark as well.

3 years 7 months ago

Schoop is more likely the 2B of the future in Baltimore.  But other than that I agree.

3 years 7 months ago

Prelude to a Mark Reynolds deal? Reynolds to SEA for Vargas +?

3 years 7 months ago

 Why would Seattle even want Reynolds? And wouldn’t they want some actual young prospects for Vargas?

3 years 7 months ago

Doubtful.  I imagine Betemit is here to play 2B

Bleed_Orange
3 years 7 months ago

I’m not sure about Reynolds but I think something might be in the works.  The roster is getting mighty crowded.

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

I doubt it.  

3 years 7 months ago

I’m down with watching Reynolds play third for the Mariners. I wonder what it’d realistically take to get him

Bleed_Orange
3 years 7 months ago

I feel like DD just saw ‘Moneyball’ and said to himself “…I can do that.”

3 years 7 months ago

And improve upon it!

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

I think DD’s plan is to sign the best player out of every country in the world.  Personally I am kind of enjoying that aspect of the offseason.  (of course it has nothing to do with anything we are talking about)

Bleed_Orange
3 years 7 months ago

He did just sing the O’s first New Zealander today.  He needs to find out if those Indian kids who won that reality show a couple of years ago have been practicing.

china_dave
3 years 7 months ago

actually, one of those guys (rinku singh) has pitched pretty well in the pitt system the past couple years. it’s not crazy to think he might make a LOOGY cameo in a few years, particularly given the marketing potential/novelty factor

3 years 7 months ago

Yea and he bought into the movie so much that he didn’t notice Mulder, Zito, Hudson, and Tejeda.

3 years 7 months ago

Oh this is brilliant! 323 ab’s and 105 so’s. Outstanding.
I watched a fair amount of Tiger games in 2011 and I would swear the announcers were always complaining about this guy. I guess Duquette is out to prove those guys wrong with this signing. I love this line: He could well play third again in Baltimore if the O’s again become frustrated with Mark Reynolds’ defense. Reynolds and Betemit can also compare notes on how to look good even when you strike out.

Earlier today, I estimated that the crowds at OPACY could be Old Marlin stadium like between 900 and 1500. I am cutting down that estimate to 450 to 750.

This team is going to be bad, historically bad!

Booo to you Duquette! The Cactus League is looking better and better, I really need to see how the other side lives!

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

I think its at least possible, that we could have a game this year where every at bat in the entire lineup is a strikeout.  

I still like this signing.  

Lookouts400
3 years 7 months ago

Oh, Lefty, stop being so overly dramatic!  You remind me of my ex-wife.

3 years 7 months ago

This is awesome.

OrangeCards
3 years 7 months ago

She didn’t know anything about baseball?

Ah, too harsh.

Lookouts400
3 years 7 months ago

Well, like a certain southpaw who posts here, she thinks she does! 

Don’t worry, Lefty, you know we love you!

BirdmanRob
3 years 7 months ago

This team has to be better than last years….

3 years 7 months ago

2003 Detroit Tigers OF – Bobby Higginson, Craig Monroe, Alex Sanchez
2012 Baltimore Orioles OF – Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold

It’s really not that bad. Quit your hissy fitting, Wada and Chen can’t be predicted and many teams would sell the farm for Wieters. You aren’t the 2003 Tigers and you aren’t the 2012 Houston Astros.

3 years 7 months ago

Now the O´s can trade Mark Reynolds to the M´s, maybe Figgins would be enough…

3 years 7 months ago

That is just ridiculous! Even if DD did consider it, he is surrounded by Luminaries in the FO such as the Stockstll boys and they clearly would talk him out of it.

3 years 7 months ago

O’s fans can complain if they want but it’s kind of nonsensical.  Essentially Duquette is creating position battles at every spot except C, SS and RF.  Throw ’em in the fire and see what comes out.

I don’t have a problem with this at all. (Though I’d prefer not signing Cordero. I’d rather trade for Koji).

AlKelz
3 years 7 months ago

Not sure the Rangers would trade Koji now . They may keep him so Darvish won’t feel out of place . Koji has made the transistion to MLB. He may be able to help Darvish do the same ?

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 7 months ago

didnt think about it like that..

daniel
3 years 7 months ago

Betemit should have been in Seattle — he’d have been a good complement to Saeger/Liddi/Cap’n Ivor… He should have been signed by Det, who really are biding time until Costello or Abbott are ready for prime time. Sorry but baltimore is just a huge mess. Too many hamfisted hot corner guys already. They’ve got some sock, tho.

OrangeCards
3 years 7 months ago

Wow, that deal got really silly in a hurry. Please, tell me it’s a mistake and this was our bid for Fielder :-/

azdsnd
3 years 7 months ago

I worry that the O’s won’t be able to platoon him sufficiently.  He really needs a caddy to face lefties for him.  He’ll knock the daylights out of righties, but I don’t see a lefty-masher on Baltimore’s roster last year that could be a legitimate DH or 3B platoon type.

3 years 7 months ago

Betemit isn’t exactly a wizard at third base, either…

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Two years, wow.

The_Porcupine
3 years 7 months ago

Good bench, role player.  The Orioles are doing exactly what they stated they wanted to do.  They wanted to go international, they wanted a better bench, they wanted more depth.  I think they’ve achieved that.  I’m still hopeful about Fielder, but I am not holding my breath.  

3 years 7 months ago

Yeah the Orioles look pretty solid in the AAAA role player position. Maybe they’ll go after long relief next.