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Brewers sign Yuniesky Betancourt

Mar 26, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Yuniesky Betancourt AP

Released from his minor-league contract by the Phillies last week, Yuniesky Betancourt has agreed to a major-league contract with the Brewers.

Betancourt played for Milwaukee in 2011, hitting .252 with a ghastly .271 on-base percentage and .652 OPS in 152 games as the starting shortstop, and yet that didn’t keep the Brewers from bringing him back for a reunion.

Presumably he’ll act as veteran depth behind rookie shortstop Jean Segura and second baseman Rickie Weeks, but who knows. Milwaukee now joins Kansas City as the second team to acquire Betancourt multiple times. Congrats to them for that.

  1. spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    New Rule! If you wait for months for a legitimate contract offer, and then the next day the team you sign with signs Yuniesky Betancourt, you can opt out the recently signed deal.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Depth is great but what the hell man!?

    • johosophat - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      I’d imagine he’ll be gone as soon as Hart/Taylor Green are healthy… Hopefully…

  3. hoober27 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Someone needs to lock Melvin into a room and take his phone away

  4. pack93z - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Most of the time, I can see the logic in adding a player.. but this one is a most difficult to see.

    A weak fielding non contact hitting player… even off the bench for depth.. don’t get this one.

    Maybe overvaluing his nice guy persona?

    Yesterday I think we helped the short term for the Brewers.. this moving.. don’t echo that feeling… lol.

    • packer42390 - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Actually the Royals cut Yuni last year for being a clubhouse cancer.. So nice guy persona doesn’t even fit

  5. Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Zack Greinke doesn’t come along with Yuni this time, Bob.

  6. acorp11 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    With Gonzalez shifted to 1B it makes sense. I’ll bet once Hart returns Bentancourt gets DFA.

    • hoober27 - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      “Gonzalez shifted to 1B” and “makes sense” have never, nor should they ever, be uttered in the same sentence. Wish Roenicke would use Gonzo and Yuni as “super” utils and just play Maldonado and Green at 1B until Hart returns. I wish that Yuni wasn’t even an option…

  7. sportsdrenched - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Royals fans can collectivly breath a sigh of releif now.

    • drpaisley - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      And untie Dayton Moore.

    • umrguy42 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      AND Cardinals fans.

  8. thekoobeyak - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Hell Morgan and McGahee are in Japan, Yuni B was the only one available for “depth”

  9. ddjesus - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    I’m maybe the only Brewer fan who likes Yu Bet. He is a beautiful, beautiful train wreck…

  10. roanboon - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    On a muffled phone conversation Melvin told the contract department to sign “Yunil Escobar and Wilson Betamit”, but was surprised to learn they signed Yuniesky Betencourt

  11. lazlosother - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Melvin – “Goddamit, that’s right, the Yanks, Wells…. You know we can’t let this pass. I want Betancourt, I need Betancourt. Elf outfit my ass, we’ll show these bushers how it’s done.”

    • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Mark Attanasio thinks it’s unfair that the Yankees can blow eight figures on washed up has-beens when he can only afford six figures for them.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        That is actually terribly funny.

  12. therealbigben - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    I will say this: Yuni RAKED in the 2011 playoffs….well at least by Yuni standards.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      What’d he rake, leave?

      • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM


  13. jdhein22 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Yuni was the Brewers MVP in the 2011 NLCS. Just sayin’. Otherwise, yes, he was a colossal train wreck-scratch that. He was more of a zeppelin explosion.

    • johosophat - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      There was like a 2 week span in July during 2011 where he hit like .400… other than that he was awful. Segura should just not pay any attention to him or his approach at the plate. EVER.

  14. shaggytoodle - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    It is frustrating, but beggars’ can’t be choosers. They have decent young potential at short, but the back up SS is currently slated to play 1B.

    The Brewers didn’t improve in the off-season. Now they need to make knee-jerk reactions at the last moment, with signing a pitcher which I guess they are leery with the likes of Suppan and Wolf not panning out for them.

    Then trying to find extra depth at SS, I just truly hope Betancourt isn’t afraid to get his Brewers uniform dirty this time around.

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