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Yuniesky Betancourt and the Royals, together again

Dec 20, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

Yuniesky Betancourt AP

In a hilarious yet oddly predictable reunion the Royals have signed Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year deal.

Betancourt was Kansas City’s starting shortstop for the second half of 2009 and all of 2010, but was traded to Milwaukee as part of the Zack Greinke blockbuster and had a terrible season for the Brewers.

Now he returns to Kansas City as a utility infielder who’ll be asked to push/motivate/make look good by comparison the young shortstop the Royals received as part of the Greinke swap, Alcides Escobar.

Betancourt is no longer much of a shortstop defensively and posted a laughably awful .271 on-base percentage in 152 games for the Brewers, but Escobar wasn’t any better at the plate in 2011 and as general manager Dayton Moore explained in announcing the signing: “He brings a right-handed bat with some power and is a guy we know fits in well in the clubhouse.”

Or something. I hope they’re happy together. Again.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Any word on Mike Aviles or Alberto Callapso returning?

  2. - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    No, No, No, No! Damn It! I don’t care if he’s the freaking light bulb changer on the stadium lights.

  3. nategearhart - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM


  4. kidpresentable - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    How does the old saying go? Those who do not learn from history are destined to watch a shortstop appear indifferent as he makes no effort to get to a ball that might be slightly out of reach from his current stationary position.

  5. trevorb06 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    While he was signing the dotted line both parties were singing, “I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you…”

  6. - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    **Kicks the Santa in the Raindeer in Clark Griswalds front yard**

  7. rammer27 - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Since they had no one to give Escobar a breather last year, he will do just to give the regulars a day off now and then.

  8. steelersfan1983 - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    This might be the last piece KC needs to get to the post season……. BAHAHAHA!

  9. simon94022 - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    All over Northern California Giants fans are breathing a huge sigh of relief.

  10. lostsok - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Utterly bizarre move. “Utility infielder”? Don’t you have to be good at a bunch of positions to be a utility guy? He’s not good at the one position he’s actually played!

  11. pack4ever - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    He had some good highlights for the brewers, but espn doesnt show all the bad plays and batting attempts he had!

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