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Yuniesky Betancourt signs with NPB’s Orix Buffaloes

Jan 28, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

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Yuniesky Betancourt was said to be drawing interest last week from multiple major league teams, but free agents follow the money and the 31-year-old infielder is headed to Japan on a one-year guaranteed contract with the Orix Buffaloes.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal broke the story first.

Betancourt likely would have had to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league deal had he remained in North America. He gets better money in Nippon Professional Baseball and a much better chance for regular playing time.

A poor defender with an even poorer career on-base rate, Betancourt might have already played his final game in the majors. He batted just .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances last season with the Brewers.

  1. natsattack - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    He’s only 31?!

  2. jwbiii - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    The Yuni Watch is over! (apologies to Paul Lukas of http://www.uni-watch.com/ )

  3. sportsnut101 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    what team wanted him please let us know

    • Old Gator - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Some local rumor mongers had the Feesh interested. I’ll sleep better now.

      • dan1111 - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:01 AM

        Yes, but I think sports nut was asking what major league teams wanted him.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:44 AM

        1) I hope you slept well Gator.

        2) Thumbs up to Dan.

      • Old Gator - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:27 AM

        Peetchers and catchers in just a few more weeks, and then I have to get down to the serious business of looking at who’s here, who’s gonna stick, who’s gonna play third (guffaw) and who’s gonna be charged with the critical task of protecting the Iron Giant in the batting order. So, I want to get all the sleep in that I can between now and then.

        I see some predictions have the Feesh finishing ahead of the Feelies, most likely on the strength of the El Keed and the other young guns. That’s great, but the question still is, as it has been for yonks with this team – even during the season of the faux splurge – who’s gonna drive in the runs?

  4. km9000 - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    So I guess we may as well congratulate him in advance on breaking the NPB’s home run record…

  5. jballallen - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    We’ll assume that’s a failed attempt at humor as opposed to a declaration of ignorance.

  6. foreverchipper10 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Will someone please check in on Dayton Moore?

    • Old Gator - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Dear Buddha! He’s not breathing! Hey, someone out there in the orifice, call 911! Call 911!

  7. grnthghs - Jan 31, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    This article proves how hard-up for material we are in the offseason. I actually signed-in and took a crap before commenting with the latter fitting regarding the article.

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