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Pirates no longer trying to sign Wilson Betemit

Dec 7, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported yesterday that the Pirates were close to signing both Nate McLouth and Wilson Betemit.

They finalized a one-year, $1.75 million deal with McLouth today, but now Biertempfel says the Pirates are “no longer pursuing” Betemit.

No word on why they changed plans, but Betemit remains a nice low-cost target for a team in need of corner infield production or an excellent bench bat.

He’s a switch-hitter who offers defensive versatility despite not being a standout defender anywhere and has hit .290 with an .838 OPS in 181 games over the past two seasons.

  1. mattjg - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Betemit, like Berard, seems to be the kind of player right up Neal Huntington’s alley: a former prospect who never lived up to the hype who may now be undervalued.

    Neal hasn’t hit on any successes yet, but I can’t say it’s a bad strategy for a rebuilding team like the Pirates.

  2. b7p19 - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Wow, I hadn’t realized that Betemit had been that good recently.

  3. El Bravo - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Can’t find a betemit!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      Eddie Vedder puns FTW!!!

  4. bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    He’s more than welcome back on the Yankees to back up Rodriguez.

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