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Yuniesky Betancourt’s spring forces Phillies’ hand

Mar 23, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

Yuniesky Betancourt AP

Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt can opt out of his Minor League contract with the Phillies tomorrow, which means he will want to know if the team plans to bring him north on the 25-man roster. Betancourt is hitting .447 in 47 spring at-bats which has certainly put him on some other teams’ radars, such as the Cardinals.

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Betancourt will, in fact, ask for his release if he is not given a roster spot tomorrow:

Betancourt’s contract with the Phillies, if purchased, is worth as much as $1.4 million with performance incentives. The Phillies could add him to the roster Sunday and still trade him before opening day. But other teams are aware of the glut of middle infielders and the return would be minimal.


  1. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    What kind of world is it where Yuni B’s skills are in demand?

    • paperlions - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      A fictional one.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        (doom watch)

    • Kevin S. - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      evanwins’ world, apparently.

      • paperlions - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        Isn’t that what I said?

  2. paperlions - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Betancourt has 3689 MLB plate appearances, resulting in a .290 OBP, .296 wOBA, and a 79 wRC+, all while be among the league’s very worst defensive shortstops. Now he’s 31. If the Cardinals (or any team) is dumb enough to ignore 3689 plate appearances in lieu of 47 spring training at-bats, they deserve what they get. Betancourt is the definition of a replacement level player, and every team has guys at least as good as he is manning SS in AAA.

  3. paperlions - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Also, when asked about the depth of the Cardinals interest in Betancourt, the Cardinals beat reporter responded “not even kiddie pool depth”.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Only one beat reporter covers the Cardinals?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        It’s the “Show Me” state — not the “Read Me” state.

      • paperlions - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        Yeah, just the one guy. It’s a small town.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        I assume that either he is either lonely or has a huge ego.

      • paperlions - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        Nah, he’s just really really busy.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        Psst. It’s paperlions. He made up his own press pass and everything.

  4. mungman69 - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Oh, let him go.

  5. bla bla bla - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    For the short time he was with the Brewers, Yuni seemed like a pretty decent guy. And if he’s the worst player in MLB, he’s better than 8 billion other people. I wish him well.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Yuni is a noce guy and got hot for the Crew in the playoffs. That being said, overall he’s a pretty lousy Major Leaguer. Sure he’s better than most of the world bit he still isn’t good compared to the guys he’s playing with

      • bla bla bla - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        Yeah, I get that brewcrewfan54. What I don’t get is much of the hate that gets poured on this poor guy, seemingly wherever he goes. Some of these people act like Yuni kicked their dog or something.

    • paperlions - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      I don’t know what hate you are talking about. Criticizing a guys baseball skills has nothing to do with how good a person he is. I think Ryan Howard is a great guy, really nice, genuine, gracious, does great charity and outreach work, spending time with kids and such….none of that will get me to say anything positive about his contract, defense, or ability to hit LHP.

  6. spudchukar - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Please sign him Pheelies. He is perfect for your team. If Rollins goes down, he could slide into SS. That would give the Philadelphia nine a historically awful defense. 3B Young, SS Betancourt, 2B Utley, 1B Howard, C Kratz, LF Mayberry, RF Brown, and if Revere stumbles or is injured, insert Delmon Young or Lance Nix. Keystone Kops!

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