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UPDATE: Orioles and Wilson Betemit agree to two-year contract with an option

Jan 24, 2012, 1:09 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is now reporting that the O’s and Betemit have agreed to a two-year deal with an option for a third year. Exact terms aren’t yet available, but it’s a bit of a surprise to see him get a multi-year deal at this point of the offseason. And from a team that isn’t expected to contend, no less.

10:13 PM, Monday: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have signed Wilson Betemit to a one-year contract, pending a physical. No word on the salary yet.

Betemit earned $1 million last season while batting .285/.343/.452 with eight home runs, 46 RBI and a .795 OPS over 359 plate appearances between the Royals and Tigers. The 30-year-old switch-hitter has an .817 career OPS against right-handed pitching.

The Orioles had previously committed to using Mark Reynolds at third base and Chris Davis at first base this season, but Betemit offers some experience at both positions. Of course, he’s not regarded as a strong defender, so Buck Showalter could also use him at designated hitter.

  1. doubledeuce22 - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    “The Orioles had previously committed to using Mark Reynolds at first base and Chris Davis at first base this season”

    This sounds like a pretty funky defensive alignment…

    • D.J. Short - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:50 AM

      Whoops. Change noted!

  2. pogodog7 - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Great move here. The rest of the AL East are probably ready to concede the division to the O’s after this dramatic signing.

    • moveablenu - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Is this still funny?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:01 AM

      Betemit to the O’s, Vizquel to the Jays, Ross to the Red Sox. The AL East just got a whole lot scarier today……….

      • cur68 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:30 AM

        If you’re a bottle of Geritol you’re effin’ terrified.

  3. papacrick - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    This guy played great in limited opportunities for my Tigers last year and was one of the key components in their second half surge. For reasons unknown, Leyland didn’t like him and routinely sat him over lesser players in situations where he was clearly the better option. I’m sad to see him go but this is a good pickup for the O’s

  4. bmoreballers - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Yay

  5. thetylerrosebestever - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Championship!

  6. cptnew1 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Safe signing, even if Stevie Wonder has a better glove.

  7. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Good bat when used in the right situations and a playable (read: not really that much worse than the two guys who he’d be subbing in for) glove at two corner positions, not too shabby for this point in the offseason.

    Worst-case (and we are talking worst-case) scenario he could probably still slide over to 2B/SS/LF in a pinch if absolutely necessary. He offers some versatility, albeit not as much as he did earlier in his career.

    Could be a really good, really useful signing. I think a lot of teams could have benefited from this kind of “depth” signing. Smart move by the O’s.

  8. thickmcrunfast69 - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Woo Hoo!! We just went from 120 losses to 118! Great move, we are on our way back to mediocrity one subpar player at a time.

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