Royals To Release Yuniesky Betancourt

The Royals have requested unconditional release waivers on infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star (via Twitter).

The move comes nine days after the Royals designated Betancourt for assignment, meaning they were unable to trade him. If no team claims Betancourt while he's on release waivers, he'll receive his unconditional release.

Betancourt, 30, has posted a career line of .266/.290/.392 with 67 homers in 3,869 plate appearances. The eight-year veteran has played with the Mariners, Brewers and Royals (two stints).


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18 Comments on "Royals To Release Yuniesky Betancourt"


Otis26
3 years 19 days ago

It’s ok Yuni, you can come over and be my entertainment unit, since you and it have the same lateral movement! Hey! You’ll get every-day playing time!

3 years 19 days ago

Betancourt may have some pop, but with his OBP being so low and his fielding being below average, he just isn’t worth the two million dollar salary for any team. Any organization can find a player like Betancourt in their farm system and pay him the league minimum. If Betancourt wants to get back into the Majors, he’s probably gonna have to sign a Minor League Deal elsewhere.

twenty1thirteen
3 years 19 days ago

Woo hoo!

vtadave
3 years 19 days ago

Usually when a player with negative value is released, I joke that the Royals are probably first in line to sign him. I’m not really sure what to say here.

notsureifsrs
3 years 18 days ago

they probably still are somehow

Koby2
3 years 18 days ago

About 5 months too late.

crashcameron
3 years 18 days ago

No mo’ Yuni form? never saw him that much but looked like found gold for Seattle early on. Other than a couple clutch moments, el dudo just seemed like he didnt care much, mentally or physically. what a waste. then again he’s a miilionaire at age 30, so why should he care that much?!?!

Infield Fly
3 years 18 days ago

Other players are also rich at 30 or before that – and they care because they love the game. Strictly speaking it’s not a requirement but it’s still not too much to hope for.

corey23
3 years 18 days ago

Yuni, you like San Diego? Some guy on my softball team has to take the rest of the season off, you can start at whatever position you want! 250 foot fences you can hit bombs every at bat!

Tesseract
3 years 18 days ago

I wanted him in my adult league! at least we play real baseball haha

3 years 18 days ago

Yuni has had one interesting career and, of course, the Royals played the fool. My guess is that Yuni never gets another MLB at bat.

notsureifsrs
3 years 18 days ago

starting shortstop on the all-time worst players to start 1000 MLB games team?

3 years 18 days ago

Yuni wasn’t entirely terrible last year in Milwaukee… maybe they’d pick him up again to warm the bench/play garbage time. It appears Segura is getting a good look, so there’d really be no point to that move. (Kind of like this comment.)

Blue387
3 years 18 days ago

Now batting for the Newark Bears, number nine, Yuniesky Betancourt.

Number nine.

davengmusic
3 years 18 days ago

One of the better things to happen to Major League Baseball this season.

formerdraftpick
3 years 18 days ago

Oddly, Yuniesky has been better offensively that Clint Barmes.

DempseyK
3 years 18 days ago

Pirates please? League minimum for an offensive upgrade from Barmes without needing to sacrifice anything defensively?

John Craven
3 years 14 days ago

Dude, Yuni is a sacrifice defensively.