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Royals release Yuniesky Betancourt

Aug 14, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

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Predictably no team wanted anything to do with Yuniesky Betancourt and his contract on waivers, so after designating him for assignment last week the Royals have outright released the veteran infielder.

Kansas City signed Betancourt to a one-year, $2 million deal this offseason despite seeing his amazing out-making ability first-hand in 2010. Between stints with the Royals he was the Brewers’ starting shortstop for a year and hit his usual .252 with a ghastly .271 on-base percentage.

This season Betancourt was even worse, batting .228 with a .256 on-base percentage and .400 slugging percentage in 57 games, mostly as a second baseman, drawing a ridiculous nine walks in 228 plate appearances.

Betancourt’s one real asset is above-average power for a middle infielder, but when that comes with an OBP well below .300 and sub par defense it equals a pretty terrible all-around player.

  1. Josh A. - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    When you sign a guy expecting him to get on base 27% of the time, and he only gets on base 26% of the time, he has to go. No way around it.

  2. jas1743 - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Yuniesky, this is Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan. You have exactly the kind of tools we’re looking for in an everyday middle-infielder and we’d like to offer you a ridiculously overpriced contract to play under the Minneapolis stars. Give me a call, Yuni, you know the number.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 14, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      Sad to say it, but he’d be a better option than what they have up the middle. At least Betancourt has one real asset.

    • wlschneider09 - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      C’mon now, let’s be realistic. Yuni has way too much power to play in the Twins middle infield.

  3. udaddy14 - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Somebody will give him a job. It’s the same way with managers. They just keep recycling. Give the young kids a chance.

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