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The Cardinals are interested in Yuniesky Betancourt

Mar 17, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

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Shortstop Rafael Furcal will miss the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, leaving the Cardinals in a bit of a pickle. Pete Kozma and Ronny Cedeno are next in line, but the Cardinals are looking for a more established player from outside the organization. That player just might be Yuniesky Betancourt, reports Nick Cafardo:

He has improved his visibility, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see a team deal for him before the season. The best thing that happened for Betancourt is Jimmy Rollins playing in the WBC. Betancourt is also in good shape, which has been a challenge for him in the past. With a March 24 opt-out in his minor league deal, he’s on the Cardinals’ list as they attempt to replace Rafael Furcal.

In 35 spring at-bats with the Phillies, Betancourt is hitting .400 with just one strikeout. However, since 2009, he has been by far the worst position player in baseball (minimum 1,000 plate appearances). Given the strong spring showing by Freddy Galvis, who is capable of playing second base, third base, and shortstop, the Phillies feel a lot more comfortable sending away their only other shortstop-capable infielder.

  1. stlsportsfan84 - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    No, please no. Don’t do this Mo, there is still respect for you out there.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Mozeliak must be drunk as hell on St Patty’s day.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      It’s Paddy, not Patty.

      • paperlions - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        Is St. Patty the patron saint of hamburgers?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        She’s the fucking patron saint of fake wannabe Irish a-holes who try to steal other people’s holidays and don’t bother to at least be informed enough to get the name right.

      • paperlions - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        You need to round ‘em all up in a patty wagon.
        :-)

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        Do you think they might remember it if they got a JV FB to the pickle every time they got it wrong?

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        That would definitely do it for me. And of course Jordany Valdespin is thoroughly persuaded already. Erin go bragh!

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        Somebody was a little inoxicated last night Philiac.
        Glad to see it. Also glad to see this…cause WOW…did it make me laugh out loud. Literally.
        Hahaha!

        “She’s the fucking patron saint of fake wannabe Irish a-holes who try to steal other people’s holidays and don’t bother to at least be informed enough to get the name right.”

      • historiophiliac - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        Ummm….actually…I was a little hungover yesterday. I drank in the holiday. Shhhh.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Hey philiac, eat shit.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        May those who love us, love us,
        And those that don’t love us,
        May God turn their hearts,
        And if he doesn’t turn their hearts,
        May He turn their ankles –
        So we’ll know them by their limping.

        Slainte!

  3. kiwicricket - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    By ‘more established’ you mean ‘confirmed as crap’, right?

  4. unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I wouldn’t put too much stock in this one without seeing the list for context. It might be a very long list.

  5. kiwicricket - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Fringe players take note! You can improve your ‘visibility’ by changing teams and uniforms! From ‘sky blue’ to an ‘alert red’. Shrewd move, Uni…

  6. paperlions - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Man, the Cardinals hole at SS has turned into a Yankees FA situation….the last 10 years every FA or soon-to-be-FA was rumored to be headed to the Yankees or they were interested in him….now, any player that has ever played SS, no matter how horribly, is rumored to be going to StL. As middling as Kozma is, he’s better than Betancourt….who has NEVER been an average defender or an average hitter.

    • gibbyfan - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Hope your right about it just being hype Paper —this would be a dreadful addition –Korzma is not the end of the world and if he cant hack it they could trade later—If Waino has a good year and doesnt sign he could make an attractive package for one of the wealth centers

      • okwhitefalcon - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        Waino’s not getting dealt, they’ll either get it done or he’ll hit free agency at years end.

        And you’re right – Koz isn’t the end of the world (not yet at least) considering the lack of options available both within and outside of the organization.

    • ptfu - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      How good is Kozma defensively? If he’s anything other than “crap” then he should play, regardless of his bat. Cedeno’s mediocre and Yuni’s a disaster with the glove, and neither of them can hit (or walk or run) so might as well get some defense out of the position.

      Besides, why the heck would they want Yuni anyway? They already have Cedeno, how many more hopeless veteran shortstops do they need? You’d think they could find someone who isn’t awful with the glove. Are no-hit decent-fielding shortstops that hard to find?

      • paperlions - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        He’s okay with the glove…not horrible, not great….will make a nice play from time to time….and will boot an easy one to even things out. Has a great arm and gets rid of the ball fast.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Kozma!

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        - Politan

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        A thorougly dissatistfying, below-replacement-level cocktail.

        Unless of course, the replacement cocktail is a Yuniesky Betancout. At that point, you start pounding Kozma-Politans. That’s just good sense.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        Boooo!!!!

        /throws lemon twists

  7. Old Gator - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Meanwhile the Good Ricky Nolasco showed up for the Feesh today and blanked the Cardinals – not that you’ll see that happen much in the regular season, of course, but since no one is interested in anything the Feesh are doing in spring training (not that I blame them), I need any excuse I can get to comment on them. Anyway, Ricky got shelled last time out. This is his pattern. A good game and a bad game and a good game and a bad game. Sometimes the Good Ricky shows up, and sometimes his evil twin shows up. One never knows, do one?

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      To summarize.

      The Cards signed both Ronny Cedeno and Ty Wiggington and both are playing much as we all expected them to do so.

      The Cards maybe considering Yuniesky Betancourt.

      The Cards are displaying the same feast or famine offensive attack this spring they did last year and have been shut out 4 of the last 6 games.

      David Freese is having back issues and has barely played in 2 weeks.

      Lance Lynn and Jake Westbrook seem to be throwing alot of BP (Lynn got hammered again today)

      Lots to be excited by with guys stepping up (Mo all but came out and said Matt Adams will be heading north this morning on KMOX by the way) but the Cards have some serious issues that could be (are) exposed sooner than later.

  8. paperlions - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    As long as we are citing useless ST stats, Kozma is hitting .341, with a .386 OBP, .561 SLG, and .947 OPS this spring.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Yea!

    • bolweevils2 - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      And he had a .952 OPS in the bigs last year too. Sounds like a no-brainer to use him. He’ll no doubt be the starting All-Star shortstop with those kind of numbers

  9. uwsptke - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    As a Brewers fan, I must say this in my best Peter Griffin voice. “Oh my Gawd YES!”

  10. deep64blue - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    As a Phillies fan I’m praying this is correct!!

  11. proudlycanadian - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Betancourt is the kind of veteran presence that the St. Louis clubhouse needs. (Sarcasm font implied.)

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      i think you mean veteran presents

  12. johnstjc - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    combining this with the harrel/norris rumors and i’m definetly perplexed

  13. okwhitefalcon - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    A good look at how the Cards roster is shaping up from Rob Rains:

    http://www.robrains.com/CARDINALSMLB/tabid/91/entryid/207/eight-players-on-cardinals-find-themselves-on-the-bubble.aspx

  14. humanexcrement - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Cue the Joe Posnanski rant…

  15. spudchukar - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Not to get to personal, but this has sorta been a crappy day for me, and I get home, and read the Cards are considering making a move for Betancourt. I have a new resolution, this is the last time I am going to spend a March 17th sober.

    What a frickin’ nightmare! Betancourt for Christ sakes.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Slainte! Happy Paddy’s Day.

    • paperlions - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Spud, I really think all of this recent stuff is just media-generated BS. There isn’t any substance to any of it…in the same piece, Cafardo reports that the Yankees would trade Joba to Texas in a heartbeat….if they would give up Olt….he also suggested that Porcello to Boston for Bailey is a no brainer deal that should happen. I seriously doubt any of this stuff (this rumor or the one about mediocre starters on Houston) has any basis in reality….just bored reporters with nothing to report.

      Adding a player at this time of year isn’t really Mo’s MO…..I doubt he would make a move before seeing how the team is performing and letting the market develop.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:19 AM

        Joba for Mike Olt makes perfect sense. Olt is blocked for years down in Texas, both teams are trading from depth to fill a need… I fail to see any issues here.

        Heeheehee.

      • paperlions - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        Honestly, if not for the “heeheehee”, I would have had no idea you were joking.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        Oh come on, I thought I’d have built up at least a little credit by now.

      • paperlions - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        It’s early, still on my first cup of coffee….and yeah, you have, which made the comment all that much more disturbing until I reached the end.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        We really need that sarcasm font, Craig.

  16. sportsdrenched - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Somewhere, Dayton Moore is jealous.

  17. stlouis1baseball - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Please someone…anyone…tell me this is an early April Fools joke.
    Cause’ I would rather bring #1 out of retirement. And I am serious.

    Ozzie Smith (in retirement) > Yuniesky Betancourt

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