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Yuniesky Betancourt’s agent misjudged his market just a little bit

Jan 28, 2013, 1:20 PM EST


Last month Yuniesky Betancourt‘s agent, Alex Esteban of Miami Sports Management, said the following to MLB Trade Rumors:

I can assure you that Yuni will be signing a major league contract. Currently, there are four teams we are in conversations with and we expect to be finalizing a deal shortly after the holidays.

Couple things. One, there was no “finalizing a deal shortly after the holidays” because Betancourt signed today: January 28. Two, after saying “I can assure you that Yuni will be signing a major league contract” Esteban ended up getting Betancourt a minor-league contract with a team that has four clear-cut starting infielders (Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Michael Young, Ryan Howard) and a younger utility man candidate (Freddy Galvis).

It’s not Esteban’s fault that no teams really wanted Betancourt–good job, teams!–but man … agents sure do like to reinforce the stereotypes an awful lot.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    He didn’t specify just which holidays he was talking about, now did he?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      It’s just typical media bias…..they all pretend that St. Sava day is not a holiday

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Patron saint of closers, right?

      • purnellmeagrejr - Jan 29, 2013 at 7:24 AM

        Saint Chad’s litttle brother.

  2. sportsdrenched - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    That whooshing sound was Royals Fans letting out a collective sigh of relief….except they then realize Jeff Francoeur is STILL on their team.

    • Ruben Amaro, Jr. - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Jeff Francoeur’s not on my roster yet?! Thanks for the heads up! Anyone have Dayton Moore’s cell phone number?

  3. historiophiliac - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    God, I hate that movie.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    What were the “games played” totals for 2012 on those 5 infielders you mentioned above? I got a feeling we will see some Yunieski in 2013.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      It’s a moot point how many were started by Howard and Young, because Yuni will not play 1st or 3rd. Rollins played 156 games at SS, and Galvis/Utley played 138 at 2nd. And that is with major injruies to BOTH Utley and Galvis.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Who says Yuni won’t play first or third? I think he will play wherever Cholly tells him to play and be happy to do it.

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