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Multiple teams are still interested in Yuniesky Betancourt for some reason

Dec 30, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

Every year I figure that Yuniesky Betancourt‘s career is approaching its end, every year he snags on someplace and gets way more plate appearances than one might think it reasonable. So it goes:


Hard to imagine where he’d start given that he it .212/.240/.355 last season. But like I said, I’ve always guessed wrong on old Yuniesky.

  1. swu32733 - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    He is a good pick up for teams going nowhere.

    • Old Gator - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      I can’t imagine any teams fitting that description.

  2. Kevin S. - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Any GM who signs Yuni now leaves himself plenty of room for an easy in-season upgrade to show he’s doing everything he can to make his team better.

  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Why do I think that the source for this story is his agent?

  4. albanate - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    According to, Yuniesky now has the 11th most plate appearances in MLB history for a player with negative career WAR.

    • signahead - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      There are 10 players who have more!!?!??!!!

  5. nymets4ever - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Just think. While all of you sit around and snark in your cold, dark rooms…he’s out there on those sunny, perfectly-manicured fields, having the time of his life playing a kid’s game for a living and making millions – millions that you will never have.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Hey, I have no problem with a man earning a living. My snark, and I would think the snark of most people, is directed at the teams contemplating signing him, not Yuni for managing to leverage open his short earning window longer than any of us would have thought possible.

    • Paul Zummo - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Why oh why do you have to be a Mets fan?

      • cur68 - Dec 31, 2013 at 1:16 AM

        I’ve noticed that most Mets fans seem rather charming (in that ‘pleasant drunk man at the end of the bar’ way. You know that guy? Says amusing, slightly embarrassing stuff about himself while drinking a lot? Funny and sad, but very likeable). This “nymets4ever” guy however is anything but funny. He’s a mean spirited, unfunny, douchey, and is often on the ignorant side of important issues. Like the poor suffering Mets needs a guy like this on their side. Jeez.

    • tuberippin - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:28 AM

      So I take it that you’d be more than fine with the Mets signing Betancourt to a 2-year deal to play 1st base once they finally sell Ike Davis (at an all-time low, no less), yeah?

  6. roanboon - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I think Zach Links misheard his source, which likely said that “Multiple teams are still interested in “Yunel Escobar and Wilson Betamit”; rather than “Yuniesky Betencourt.”

  7. leylandshospicenurse - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    If he wants to play for a contender as a bench bat, I wouldn’t mind having him on the Braves bench.

    • David Proctor - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      As a Nats fan, I wouldn’t mind having him on the Braves bench either.

      • kcroyal - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        As a Royals fan, I wouldn’t mind him on any roster orher than ours.

    • bobulated - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      As a Braves fan this makes shudder because it would be just like them to sign a bat more worthless than Uggla’s then watch Fat Fredi trot Yuniesky out at 2B in the 2 hole in the batting order 70 times or so because he’s “an experienced and veteran presence.”

  8. paperlions - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Anyone remember spring training last year? Philly fans talking about all the value Betancourt should have in trade and then he hit a few HRs in April and people were saying how great he was….and then he turned back into the same player he’s been for years. Good times.

    • tuberippin - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:29 AM

      I still would be okay with him signing with the Phils, because at this point, what’s the difference?

      • oldschoolnflman - Dec 31, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        We all know he is too young to get a contract from the Phillies…

      • paperlions - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        I am so sorry. That is just sad. I wouldn’t wish that kind of despair on anyone.

      • Old Gator - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Wait until the Phillies rid themselves of Amaro and become contenders again, and the threads fill up with Feelies fans who have returned to their good old piss-on-you mode, Paper. You’ll lose your proclivity for compassion quickly enough.

  9. deathmonkey41 - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Maybe he’ll get a Christmas card from Jeffrey Loria.

  10. baseballisboring - Dec 31, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Wow, upon looking at his Rotoworld page…391 plate appearances last year!?

    • Old Gator - Dec 31, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      That’s not counting the time he appeared on the tortilla.

      • Old Gator - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Whoops! Looks like I stepped on the tail of a thumb harpy! Or maybe it’s just one of them exacerbated evangelicals who’ve been prowling the web for the last few weeks looking for evidence of unconstitutional repressments of that dumbass quacker Phil Robertson, or maybe it’s just one of their child brides killing time on the basement desktop while she waits for her commonlaw inbreed to come home from the cotton field, hang up his whip and let her out.

  11. chip56 - Dec 31, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Craig’s mystification as to why people keep signing Yuni is quite similar to the confusion I feel when contemplating why Craig is a popular read

    • 2077james - Dec 31, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Yet here you are reading him.

      • Paul Zummo - Dec 31, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        It’s like that scene in Private Parts:

        Researcher: The average radio listener listens for eighteen minutes a day. The average Howard Stern fan listens for – are you ready for this? – an hour and twenty minutes.
        Pig Vomit: How could this be?
        Researcher: Answer most commonly given: “I want to see what he’ll say next.”
        Pig Vomit: All right, fine. But what about the people who hate Stern?
        Researcher: Good point. The average Stern hater listens for two and a half hours a day.
        Pig Vomit: But… if they hate him, why do they listen?
        Researcher: Most common answer: “I want to see what he’ll say next.”

      • chip56 - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Sadly people stop for train wrecks all the time

      • Old Gator - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        More sadly, people sit through Private Parts.

  12. madtownthrowdown - Dec 31, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    I’d go with whoever I have in single A before I went with this guy.

  13. chip56 - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    What can I tell you, I find it ironic that so many writers can openly root for the end of someone’s career, yet when you make a sarcastic comment that goes after them, their fanboys jump on you.

    • babyfarkmcgeezax - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      I noticed the Mets fan in the comments above made a statement criticizing the snarky fanboys and sure enough, one of the Craig lapdogs responded by telling him he is mean-spirited… while at the same time calling him a bunch of names. That’s the funny thing about Craig and his douchebag lackeys on here, they’re complete assholes to anyone who disagrees with them… yet they try to make it seem like YOU are the asshole if you criticize them for it. They act like they’re all anti-racist and say how wrong the Indians logo is… yet during that whole controversy there was a strange absence of blog posts and comments about the practices of the team Craig roots for. If they’re going to stand against racism they should go all in, not just when it’s convenient. It’s all an act so they can pat themselves on the back and tell themselves they are better people than everyone else.

  14. babyfarkmcgeezax - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    For some reason… and stuff… for some reason… and stuff… for some reason… and stuff…

    Every other headline/sentence Craig writes contains one of these two phrases. For some reason he is all unoriginal and stuff.

    • Old Gator - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Second only to Poor Dim Harry’s predictability quotient and third only to yours, Fark. He’s not capable of doing any better, but you are. Cur made a perfectly valid observation about nymets4ever, responding to an unwarrentedly obnoxious post that had nothing remotely to do with Craig. I have seen the spark of lucid parody within you and it can be exhilarating. You’re much more fun when you’re being surgical than when you’re being obsessive or reflexive. Sorry if that sounds patronizing, but you’ve put up some posts that really cracked me up in the past. Wish you’d just go back into that mode.

      Incidentally, lay in some plantains today for tomorrow if you want to make that mofongo. The supermarkets will be closed. I’m going to make crab, shrimp and scallop casserole in a rich sherried cream sauce in a mofongo crust tonight for lunch tomorrow (you gotta give the flavors time to blend). I wasn’t going to do that – I have some big juicy pork chops I was originally planning to grill – but educating your palate yesterday has inspired me. The accompaniment is crispy baked asparagus and a baby arugula salad.

      • Old Gator - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        PS – just curious – did you by any chance abstract “fark” from the Holy Book of Fark in Vaughan Bode’s Deadbone Mountain cartoons?

    • nymets4ever - Dec 31, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Don’t forget “Great moments in ______”. Those are clever and oh-so-hilarious every time.

  15. gonderfan - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Bash him all you want, but I will always appreciate Betancourt (12 hits in 6 games) for the way he and Alex Cora (4 home runs and a triple among 9 hits) carried my white sox to the diceball world series championship 5 years ago…. There are some things he really excels at. (…Okay, so Jesse Gonder performed even better for me when I used to play backyard-paperball in the early 60s.)

  16. tonyc920 - Dec 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I like Yuni, he was solid replacement all over the infield last year. His batting avg doesn’t reflect the key hits he had last year even though the Brewers basically really sucked the first half. I hope he stays in Milw. Fans love him.

  17. tonyz6060chevy - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    He’d be a good reclamation project for the Angels !

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