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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88 Comments on "Orioles Sign Wilson Betemit"


Guest
3 years 5 months ago

What why

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Jon Melton
3 years 5 months ago

Just hope the cholesterol levels arent part of the physical.

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NickinIthaca
3 years 5 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!

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3 years 5 months ago

Interesting…

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Rabbitov
3 years 5 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.  

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inleylandwetrust
3 years 5 months ago

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

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johnsilver
3 years 5 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??

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Eric
3 years 5 months ago

This is a good signing.

Betemit is a decent hitter

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3 years 5 months ago

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

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

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

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kingoriole
3 years 5 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).

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3 years 5 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

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Lastings
3 years 5 months ago

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