Yuniesky Betancourt Drawing Interest

A number of teams have interest in free-agent infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, and there's also a possibility he might start, MLBTR's Zach Links reports. The Marlins, who had previously had contact with Betancourt, are no longer among the interested teams, since they've already added Casey McGehee. Betancourt hopes that he can finalize a deal within the next two weeks (all Twitter links).

Betancourt, 31, hit .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances with the Brewers last season, mostly at the corner infield spots. He has a career. 261/.285/.388 line in nine big-league seasons.

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  1. Danny Phillips 2 years ago

    From my high school?

  2. D.j. Wilson 2 years ago

    That’s a shame, I was hoping to see Yuni here in South Beach next season. He lives near here and he would have been a good fit for Miami. Cleveland could be an option

  3. BradyAndersonsSideburns 2 years ago

    Please don’t let one of the teams be the O’s

    • Lefty_Orioles_Fan
      Lefty_Orioles_Fan 2 years ago

      It’s right up Duquette’s alley.
      Plus if Machado isn’t healthy by opening day, he could fill in at third.
      It’s perfect!

  4. brewersfan729 2 years ago

    Please not the Brewers. Please not the Brewers. Please not the Brewers. Please not the Brewers. Please not the Brewers. Please not the Brewers.

    • Seth 2 years ago

      Please not the Royals. Please not the Royals. Please not the Royals. Please not the Royals. Please not the Royals. Please not the Royals. Please not the Royals.

  5. Or they could just call up a random minor leaguer to perform at below league average levels while saving half a million dollars…

  6. teewashy 2 years ago

    The Royals. It has to be the Royals.

    • BeisbolJunkie 2 years ago

      He likes to alternate between the Royals & Brewers each season, So You are probably right. He is due to return to KC in 2014.

    • Seth 2 years ago

      Nope, we already have Valencia,Giavotella and Bonifacio as infield back ups.

    • Daniel Wesley 2 years ago

      Thankfully, there’s no room for him in KC this time.

  7. Nathan Boley 2 years ago

    Right-handed underachieving corner infielder. The Pirates are drooling over this guy. Brandon Inge 2.0?

    • monkeyking42 2 years ago

      Huntington took a gamble on a fading player and it didn’t pay off. Throwing money at guys who have never been good doesn’t really fit his M.O.

  8. Michael Santiago 2 years ago

    I don’t see why a team or fans wouldn’t want him. As a starter, ok, he leaves much to be desired, but he is a nice bench piece. He can play the entire infield well enough and his career line isn’t bad at all for a bench player. It’s true some small market clubs who have a lot of high end talent might not make sense for him, but to a team like the Yankees, he makes a lot of sense. I’d have balked at Kelly Johnson and taken Betancourt in a heartbeat. The Yankees have too many question marks in their infield and not nearly enough answers.

    • Brendan Haglund 2 years ago

      You’ve obviously never had to watch Yuni for an entire season. He’s like sand. He gets everywhere and you end up finding him in places he never should have been in the first place.

    • monkeyking42 2 years ago

      He can’t play SS anymore (he never did well), and the reports on his defense at 3B, 2B and 1B are not particularly encouraging. His career line is poor for a bench player, and even that is buoyed by 3 years of borderline-competence in Seattle. Over the last two years he’s hit .218/.245/.371, which is almost historically bad. He doesn’t hit for average, doesn’t run well, doesn’t field well, and has an almost pathological aversion to walks. He does have average-ish power, but that’s about his only tool at this point. Pretty much every team has a better option or two stashed away at AAA.

      • Brendan Haglund 2 years ago

        …. But he has an adorable baby face.

      • John Lazzaro 2 years ago

        This guy was just dreadful when I saw him playing on both Seattle and Kansas city he couldn’t field even if you’d take defense at both 2nd and SS instead of the offense this guy was just so much worse than that only hitting 242 the last 4 years he’s been playing. The guy was so inaccurate idk how he was ever kept on any major league team.

        • Tim 2 years ago

          When the Brewers signed him to an MLB contract last year, I was infuriated, and then depressed. Melvin clearly doesn’t get it.

    • Joe Blow 2 years ago

      Then you have what it takes to be a general manager.

    • Douglas Bath 2 years ago

      there is not a worse player in baseball over the past 5 seasons using WAR.

    • Tim 2 years ago

      He’s not a nice bench piece either, Michael. Betancourt has the worst WAR in the MLB over the last 4 seasons, and it’s not really close.

  9. Anthony Munsell 2 years ago

    Yeah with that line I don’t see why you wouldn’t give a young minor leaguer a shot and save some money. He couldn’t be much worse than .212/.240/.355. And at 31 it’s not like Betancourt is going to get any better.

  10. monkeyking42 2 years ago

    By fWAR, there have only been 16 guys to amass 1,000+ plate appearances over the last 5 years and rank sub-replacement level. Betancourt is by far the worst at -4.6, one full win worse than the next guy (Mark Kotsay) and almost 2 full wins worse than the 3rd worst guy (Ty Wigginton).

  11. Brendan Haglund 2 years ago

    Yuni B, the last known Jedi of the universe.

  12. Mike1L 2 years ago

    It’s amazing that he has any interest at all, and certainly as a starter. This is a guy with over 4200 plate appearances and a lifetime negative WAR. How much proof does one need?

    • Joe Blow 2 years ago

      Proof? We don’t need proof. You nerds think you know baseball.

      WE know baseball.

      Now someone get me Felix Pie’s agent on the phone.

    • Ryan 2 years ago

      Amaro doesn’t believe you

  13. Blue387 2 years ago

    From a savings account?

  14. Matt Bennett 2 years ago

    I don’t understand how this guy gets a job every year.

    • Mil8Ball 2 years ago

      I did before as he was very serviceable off the bench and some team always had a black hole somewhere on their bench…but after last years performance a MLB deal is extremely sad.

      • Matt Bennett 2 years ago

        From 2005 to 2008, he was pretty good both defensively and offensively. From 2009 to the present, he’s combined for a -6.5 WAR per baseball-reference, and a -4.6 fWAR. That’s pretty pathetic.

  15. Mil8Ball 2 years ago

    Starting!? Yah maybe in the Minor Leagues!! Surely that’s what he means.

  16. Defiancy 2 years ago

    A possibility he might start what?

    A half-marathon?

    A chicken dinner?

    Treatment on an ingrown nail?

  17. Karkat 2 years ago

    As a starter?? In Korea, maybe.

    • Sage 2 years ago

      Don’t give him too much credit. He’d sit the bench in the KBO, too.

  18. GrilledCheese39 2 years ago

    He’s only 31!!?!?!?

  19. Tyler Jedrzejak 2 years ago

    Alright let’s be real here….who lied about him having a potential starting job… let alone a Major league bench job…

  20. “Nobody likes Milhouse.”

  21. Kansas_City 2 years ago

    Fascinating. I’d be surprised if it is true, but then again, he somehow has lasted for years and had thousands of at bats.

  22. frogger6 2 years ago

    I think we must be between eras: the roid era and whatever’s next. Pitching? Small ball? Speedsters? For now we are stuck with guys like betancourt getting ABs despite having no real skills

  23. pirates20 2 years ago

    He has METS written all over him. As a matter of fact, I think I can recall the amazin’s being linked to him earlier in the offseason. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he lands there.

  24. livingpaint 2 years ago

    Has the off-season slowed down this much that Yu-Bet is drawing interest?

  25. Stoibs 2 years ago

    So some team is going to get worse very soon? Great!

  26. BradyAndersonsSideburns 2 years ago

    Don’t worry, Yuni, I hear Sugarland is a lovely place to play

  27. Josh Augustine 2 years ago

    Drawing interest, eh? Yuni always did enjoy playing conceptual Pictionary.

  28. Joe Orsatti 2 years ago

    Unfortunately, the first base market is shallow. For teams unwilling to surrender a draft pick, it’s between Michael young, Yuniesky and Wigginton. As a Phillies fan I have seen them all up close. I think whoever is that desperate for a starter should go with Michael Young who at least has a serviceable bat. He had a decent batting line last year. He can be a nice rental and a good buy low guy.

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