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Rays sign Wilson Betemit

Jan 31, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Wilson Betemit, who barely played for the Orioles last season due to a knee injury, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rays, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

Prior to the injury Betemit was a solid part-timer who bounced around a lot, hitting .280 with 33 homers and an .804 OPS in 283 games for three different teams from 2010-2012. He’s a switch-hitter with experience all over the infield defensively, although at age 32 he’s mostly just a first baseman and designated hitter option.

Tampa Bay will give him a look as a bench bat or platoon player versus right-handed pitching.

  1. Joe - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    I think until this very moment I’ve thought that Wilson Betemit and Wladimir Balentien were the same person.

    • dan1111 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Have you ever seen them both in the same place at once?

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