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Royals designate Yuniesky Betancourt for assignment

Aug 5, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

Yuniesky Betancourt AP

Yuniesky Betancourt was exactly the player for the Royals that the team should have expected him to be. On Sunday, that finally got him bumped from the roster, as he was designated for assignment and replaced by Tony Abreu from Triple-A Omaha.

Betancourt started at third base today and went 0-for-4, leaving him with a .228/.256/.400 line, seven homers and 36 RBI in 215 at-bats for the season. While expectations were that he’d be a utilityman after agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract over the winter, he started about 60 percent of the games of which he was on the active roster. He missed four weeks in May because of a sprained ankle.

Despite his struggles, he was actually the Royals’ best run producer this year, going strictly by RBI. He drove in a run every 5.97 at-bats, compared to one every 6.06 at-bats for Billy Butler. Jeff Francouer, in comparison, has one RBI every 12.58 at-bats.

Replacing Betancourt is the similarly hacktastic Abreu, who had a 69/14 K/BB ratio in 429 at-bats for Omaha. Some will suggest it means the Royals have given up on Johnny Giavotella after his disappointing 21-game stint earlier this season, but the Royals needed a backup infielder who could play short and Giavotella is pretty strictly a second baseman. The 28-year-old Abreu was hitting .322/.347/.492 in 429 at-bats for Omaha, while the 25-year-old Giavotella was at .332/.419/.498 in 313 at-bats.

  1. groundruledoublebourbon - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Somewhere, Dayton Moore sobs in the fetal position, trying desperately to get over the loss of his favorite yu-tility player.

    Hope he can muster the strength to do the same to his other mancrush (frenchy)

  2. mikeincmn - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Joke of a franchise cuts a joke of a player.

  3. Ben - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    “Despite his struggles, he was actually the Royals’ best run producer this year, going strictly by RBI.”

    Nail in the RBI coffin.

    • 78mu - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      RBIs are to hitters what wins are to a pitcher.

  4. joenash72 - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    YU-née-es-kee Bet-en-court….doo-dah, doo-dah

  5. crisisjunky - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Poor Yuni, Victim of The Wonderdog Crusade.
    Moral of the story? Keep your hands out of opposing players pockets.

  6. fuddpucker - Aug 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Yuni was batting .228? Yeah, let him go.

  7. vols84 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    David Glass is the worst owner on professional sports and is holding this once great franchise hostage. He is a Walmart millionaire several times over and won’t spend the money to win. He’s all about further padding his profits and not being competitive in a bad division. For the love of all things good, please somebody purchase this team and make it competitive again. All of KC despises the Glass family. He never leaves Bentonville and goes to more double A games than Royals games. He is an admitted Cardinals fan. Please Sporting KC owners, buy the Royals!!!!!

  8. APBA Guy - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Don’t be surprised if you read tomorrow that the A’s have signed him.

  9. soobster - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Still no Will Myers call up.

  10. crisisjunky - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    In this day and age, It’s tough to spend money on something as frivolous as one’s ballclub, when you have to build a brand new Wal-Mart Superstore facility in the new housing developements
    at the south end of the suburban Sacto encroachments on farmland, less than 2.5 mi. from the existing Wally. New stucture completed and ready to go, even before homes and most city infrastructure is completed. A huge grey cinderblock vulture just lying there patiently waiting for the unsuspecting consumers to begin filtering into the area.(yes, we will probably buy our new home there too.)

  11. zippythesquirrel - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Betencourt is the epitome of a mediocre ball player. Actually i’m giving him to much credit to say he is mediocre. His agent deserves some kind of award for getting him $2 mil.

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