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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49 Comments on "Yuniesky Betancourt Drawing Interest"


Danny Phillips
1 year 7 months ago

From my high school?

D.j. Wilson
1 year 7 months 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

BradyAndersonsSideburns
1 year 7 months ago

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

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 7 months 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!

brewersfan729
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months 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.

1 year 7 months ago

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

teewashy
1 year 7 months ago

The Royals. It has to be the Royals.

BeisbolJunkie
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months ago

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

Daniel Wesley
1 year 7 months ago

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

Nathan Boley
1 year 7 months ago

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

monkeyking42
1 year 7 months 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.

Michael Santiago
1 year 7 months 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.

craigcounsellhitsbombs
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months 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.

craigcounsellhitsbombs
1 year 7 months ago

…. But he has an adorable baby face.

Collateral96
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months ago

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

Douglas Bath
1 year 7 months ago

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

Tim
1 year 7 months 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.

Anthony Munsell
1 year 7 months 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.

monkeyking42
1 year 7 months 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).

Ryan
1 year 7 months ago

Wigginton really fell off at the end

craigcounsellhitsbombs
1 year 7 months ago

Yuni B, the last known Jedi of the universe.

Drew Mackenzie
1 year 7 months ago

Jedi? More like Jar Jar.

Mike1L
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months ago

Amaro doesn’t believe you

Blue387
1 year 7 months ago

From a savings account?

Matt Bennett
1 year 7 months ago

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

Mil8Ball
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months 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.

Mil8Ball
1 year 7 months ago

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

Defiancy
1 year 7 months ago

A possibility he might start what?

A half-marathon?

A chicken dinner?

Treatment on an ingrown nail?

Karkat
1 year 7 months ago

As a starter?? In Korea, maybe.

Sage
1 year 7 months ago

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

GrilledCheese39
1 year 7 months ago

He’s only 31!!?!?!?

Tyler Jedrzejak
1 year 7 months ago

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

1 year 7 months ago

“Nobody likes Milhouse.”