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Of course the Marlins are interested in Yuniesky Betancourt

Nov 21, 2013, 2:04 PM EST

Yuniesky Betancourt AP

Yesterday I poked a little fun at the Marlins’ reported interest in “proven run-producer” Juan Uribe, so of course I have to post this from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:

The Marlins have inquired about free agent third baseman Yuniesky Betancourt … Betancourt can play every infield position but the Marlins are considering him –– and several others–primarily for third base. … Betancourt figures to be a less costly alternative to Juan Uribe, another free agent third baseman the Marlins are considering.

Poor man’s Juan Uribe is honestly a pretty apt description of Yuniesky Betancourt.

  1. kcroyal - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Please god sign with the Marlins before he comes back to KC for his third tour of duty. Ill stick with my Royals through thin and thinner, unless Yuni is signed again. That’s where I draw the line.

  2. natstowngreg - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    “Poor man’s Juan Uribe is honestly a pretty apt description of Yuniesky Betancourt.”

    I believe you have captured the very essence of the concept of damning with faint praise.

  3. thehawg - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Give 1st round pick Colin Moran a shot at 3rd.

    • felser - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      175 AB’s in Class A. Not ready. No need to impede his development.

  4. sandrafluke2012 - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    He was underrated last year. Decent defense and plenty of pop

    • felser - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      .595 OPS and -3 RTOT in 2013 = -2.0 WAR.

      • sandrafluke2012 - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        now cite errors and home runs.

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Betancourt hit 13 HRs last year, which is not even his career high. He also hit .212/.240/.355. He’s turning 32 before the season starts. I highly doubt he gets any better than he was last year, which was average AT BEST.

    • paperlions - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      No, he’s freaking horrible because errors and home runs are only two components to a player’s value.

      The most important thing a hitter can do is not make outs. He was the 2nd best hitter at making outs last year (after venerated catcher JPA), making out 76% of his plate appearances.

      He’s a poor defender because he has poor range…he also makes plenty of errors.

      • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        Which means he’ll be cheap, which means he’ll fit perfectly with the Feesh’s unbuilding program.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        JP did have a rotten year last season but at least he played hurt. On the upside, he did get engaged to a hot country singer.

      • paperlions - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        JP has been below average to bad his entire MLB career, but he did hit a new low last year. Guys that don’t walk and K 29% of their PAs with sub .300 OBPs, are bad players….and when they bring below average D to the table, they are really bad players.

      • cur68 - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        Man, I hate arguing against PC, ‘specially as I kind of like JPA, but jeez. He pretty much sucked all last season. Swinging at breaking balls a foot in front of the plate is not “playing hurt”. Its “lousy plate discipline” is what it is. He was trying to homer everything and sitting on breaking pitches since he likes to golf-shot them out, but he has NO eye for what’s a good one or bad one. I kept hoping for some improvement but he got worse and worse and the outs just piled up. I can’t stand it any more…

  5. sfp311 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Paper you are dead on. A catcher with pop is nice but if you’re below-average to just downright horrible at everything else.. your value is diminished. It is clear that some Jays fans on here would like to see catching addressed before starting pitching and frankly I don’t blame them.

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