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Wilson Betemit expected to be Orioles’ designated hitter, gets two-year deal worth $3 million

Jan 24, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

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Wilson Betemit‘s two-year contract with the Orioles is worth $3 million in guaranteed money and could be worth up to $6 million if his 2014 option vests based on playing time, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

Betemit has bounced around a ton over the past few years, so his agent did very well to secure him a multi-year commitment, but the price tag is certainly reasonable enough for the Orioles and at age 30 he should stave off a major decline for a while.

Betemit is expected to be the Orioles’ primary designated hitter and that might seem like a stretch at first glance, but he’s hit a combined .290 with 21 homers and an .838 OPS in 181 games during the past two seasons. His career has been limited by the lack of a clear home defensively, but when given a chance for regular playing time Betemit has almost always hit well and at the very least the switch-hitter would be a nice part-time player for $1.5 million per season.

  1. drewzducks - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Nobody cares…Prince to Detroit for 9 years…no $ info yet

    • DJ MC - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Duly noted.

  2. tn16 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Fielder signs with the tigers 9 years 214 million

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Wrong comment thread.

  3. bravojawja - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Hey, Gleeman –
    Next time somebody bitches about how HBT only has posts about stars or big market teams and wouldn’t it be nice if you would cover everybody else, feel free to provide a link to this post. If possible, highlight the first two comments in all their douchebaggery.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Another excellent low-risk, high-reward signing by Duquette. Between this and his international sights, I am loving this guy in Baltimore.

  5. DJ MC - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Considering the other options involved names like Johnny Damon or a rerun of the Vladdy Guerrero Show, this is an OK move for the Orioles. The Orioles don’t really have a better option at designated hitter* or first base ready to go, and since he can at least stand at third base and in the outfield as well as play first he’ll provide some versatility. If Reynolds struggles defensively at third or Chris Davis doesn’t develop at first he can slide in, and give those players days off while also allowing Matt Wieters to DH and take a few additional days off behind the plate.

    *Before people pull muscles to throw out Reynolds’ name, he is the Opening Day third baseman, and last year in half of a season he was essentially twice as bad defensively as any other full season. Both using statistics and eyes (along with his reputation).

    He’s cheap, hits righties well, and has the power to pop a few on the short right field flag court at Oriole Park. It isn’t Prince Fielder, but that was never going to happen.

  6. tn16 - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Ok tough guy
    I’m not the guy complain
    Yea I do want to hear about the small market teams
    But come on dumb fuck this is the second biggest news of the off season

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