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Yuniesky Betancourt To Sign With Orix Buffaloes

Free agent infielder Yuniesky Betancourt has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Betancourt, soon to turn 32, is represented by Miami Sports Management.

Last year, spending most of his time at first and third for the Brewers, Betancourt checked in with a .212/.240/.355 line and 13 home runs in 409 plate appearances. Betancourt has played nine MLB seasons, registering a cumulative .261/.285/.388 slash line in 4,278 plate appearances. He has not maintained an OPS of over .700 since the 2007 season, and both Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference credit Betancourt with a cumulative sub-replacement level contribution over his career to date.

Though the vast majority of Betancourt's MLB time has been spent at short, Betancourt has not held down a shortstop job since 2011. He has also seen at least 60 games apiece at first, second, and third. Betancourt is expected to see most of his time with Orix at the corner infield, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets.








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