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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    • Jon Melton 4 years ago

      Just hope the cholesterol levels arent part of the physical.

    • NickinIthaca 4 years 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!

  1. Interesting…

  2. Rabbitov 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

    • johnsilver 4 years 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??

  3. Eric 4 years ago

    This is a good signing.

    Betemit is a decent hitter

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

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

      • kingoriole 4 years ago

        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).

  4. 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 4 years ago

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

  5. mstrchef13 4 years 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.

  6. 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

        Oh.  My spleen!  Vladdy!  Good one!

      • Thomas Wilson 4 years ago

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

        • 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.

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

  8. 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.

    • Or start him at 2B

      • 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.

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

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

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

    • Doubtful.  I imagine Betemit is here to play 2B

    • Bleed_Orange 4 years ago

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

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

  10. Bleed_Orange 4 years ago

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

    • And improve upon it!

    • Rabbitov 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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

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

  11. 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

      • This is awesome.

      • OrangeCards 4 years ago

        She didn’t know anything about baseball?

        Ah, too harsh.

        • Lookouts400 4 years ago

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

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

          • BirdmanRob 4 years ago

            This team has to be better than last years….

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

  13. 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 4 years 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 ?

  14. daniel 4 years 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.

  15. OrangeCards 4 years ago

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

  16. azdsnd 4 years 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.

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

  18. Guest 4 years ago

    Two years, wow.

  19. The_Porcupine 4 years 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.  

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

  20. Wieterschnitzel 4 years ago

    Love it.  Better glove than Reynold’s (although not great) and his OPS over the last two years is .838.  That’s better than all the Orioles hitters.  Plenty of work left to do filling out this roster, but these are the types of signings the O’s need to be making.

    Still, I can’t get over that Adam Jones no-trade.  If those rumors of how much the Braves offered are true, then Duque has alot of making up to do…

  21. Two years and an option for a third?  Really?

  22. Manny Being Manny 4 years ago

    Full time DH huh? Not sure how I feel about that. I guess they’re okay with Chris Davis at 1B and Reynolds at 3b… but couldn’t Betemit play 3B better than Reynolds?

  23. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    Decent hitter, but a potential 3 year deal for him is weird.

  24. $6M (possibly) for Wilson Betemit…??? 

  25. Tyler Jedrzejak 4 years ago

    didnt know he could get a possible 6m….but i actually like the signing..he is going to be DH so the glove isnt something to worry about, and his offensive numbers really arent bad. He could really do well..

  26. anthony88 4 years ago

    They should’ve went for Fielder and build their team around him.. 

  27. rkmetts 4 years ago

    Wilson’s a decent player, memories from his day’s on the Braves. Good hitter, good defense

  28. a broken squirrel is a nut twice a day

    or something like that

  29. Bargab 4 years ago

    How is this a decent signing. The DH spot is supposed to be for the absolute best power and on base guy. At least that is what I’ve always thought.

  30. You..have..got..to..be..kidding. Last player chosen, last team standing. A match made in heaven!

  31. a blind squirrel always finds a nut? lol

  32. Lookouts400 4 years ago

    Thanks for the laugh!  I have some students in my class, I’m a high school teacher, who fit that description.  Your permission to use your line on them?

  33. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    I lol’d

  34. Thomas Wilson 4 years ago

    That was straw that broke the needle on the cow’s back <- real sentence uttered by a friend of mine in high school

  35. even the blind squirrel occasionally finds an acorn

    i believe thats how it goes.

  36. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    Too soon?

  37. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Haters gonna hate. 

  38. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Fielder is marginal.  

  39. michael hughes 4 years ago

    Actually, he’s combining two phrases. One is “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.” and the other is “Even a broken clock is right twice a day” and I think the mistake is intentional. 

  40. Jon Melton 4 years ago


  41. ellisburks 4 years ago

    I was going to say the same thing but I figured the comment would be removed.

  42. vtadave 4 years ago

    Look again. It’s beyond awful.

  43. Howe was merely a puppet in the movie, played by Phillip Seymour-Hoffman and criminally underseen. 

  44. Pretty low standards in Baltimore….

  45. Quizicat 4 years ago

    My favorites by an old friend. You make me madder than the devils workshop. And- Everybody’s right, nobody’s human.

  46. Dan Mazzaro 4 years ago

    …and now the joke is dead

  47. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    When did you forget how to love :’-(

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