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  1. Aramis Ramirez to undergo MRI on sprained left knee

    Apr 5, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez Getty

    UPDATE: Adam McCalvy reports that Ramirez is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his knee tomorrow. It sounds like he could be dealing with an extended absence. 9:46 PM: According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Ramirez has a sprained left knee. As mentioned below, he dealt with the same issue during spring training, so this…

  2. Brewers sign Yuniesky Betancourt

    Mar 26, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    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…

  3. Phillies release infielder Yuniesky Betancourt

    Mar 24, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    betancourt getty

    CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have cut ties with Yuniesky Betancourt. Betancourt was signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training on January 28 by the Philadelphia front office. He had a .447/.451/.574 slash line in 51 Grapefruit League plate appearances as of Sunday morning, but the Phillies have…

  4. Yuniesky Betancourt’s spring forces Phillies’ hand

    Mar 23, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt can opt out of his Minor League contract with the Phillies tomorrow, which means he will want to know if the team plans to bring him north on the 25-man roster. Betancourt is hitting .447 in 47 spring at-bats which has certainly put him on some other teams’ radars, such as the…

  5. Darin Ruf hits a walkoff homer, then gets sent to the minors

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

    Darin Ruf

    Tough day for Darin Ruf. Mere minutes after this happened: Phils win it on a walk off HR by Darin Ruf. He’s all smiles. Fans are happy. They love this guy — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) March 22, 2013 This happened: Phils have sent Ruf to triple a. — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) March 22, 2013 Bummer…

  6. Yuniesky Betancourt could soon be yours, 29 other baseball teams

    Mar 22, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Yuniesky Betancourt will ask for his release this weekend if he’s not added to the Phillies’ 25-man roster.  Which he may very well not be given that Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis are already around. Thing is, Betancourt has had a heck of a spring. He’s hitting .439 with a .957 OPS. No,…

  7. The Cardinals are interested in Yuniesky Betancourt

    Mar 17, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Kansas City Royals

    Shortstop Rafael Furcal will miss the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, leaving the Cardinals in a bit of a pickle. Pete Kozma and Ronny Cedeno are next in line, but the Cardinals are looking for a more established player from outside the organization. That player just might be Yuniesky Betancourt, reports Nick…

  8. Charlie Manuel is not happy with the defense

    Feb 28, 2013, 7:40 AM EDT

    Lollygaggers

    Travelling is weird. You’re out of your usual routine. Your body is messed up from the time change. It can be hard.  But I have found that the best way to keep your gravity about you when you’re in a strange place doing strange things is to do at least one thing you’d normally do…

  9. Yuniesky Betancourt’s agent misjudged his market just a little bit

    Jan 28, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    show-me-the-money

    Last month Yuniesky Betancourt‘s agent, Alex Esteban of Miami Sports Management, said the following to MLB Trade Rumors: I can assure you that Yuni will be signing a major league contract. Currently, there are four teams we are in conversations with and we expect to be finalizing a deal shortly after the holidays. Couple things.…

  10. The Phillies sign Yuniesky Betancourt to a minor league deal

    Jan 28, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    The Phillies have just announced that they’ve signed Yuniesky Betancourt to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training. Likely because Ruben Amaro wants me to be happy. Betancourt hit .228/.256/.400 with seven homers last season and over the course of his career he has been one of the most consistent out-creators in all…

  11. The Cubs are out on Yuniesky Betancourt

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Yuniesky Betancourt said he expects to have a major league deal soon. One of the teams who was considering him was the Cubs, who had visions of placing Betancourt at third base. Justin Bopp of MLB Daily Dish reports that that isn’t happening, however, now that Ian Stewart has re-signed with the team. Betancourt hit .228/.256/.400 with…

  12. Yuniesky Betancourt expects to have a major league deal soon

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    The U.S. unemployment rate is still pushing 8%, but Yuniesky Betancourt does not believe he will be unemployed for long. His agent spoke to MLB Trade Rumors: “I can assure you that Yuni will be signing a Major League contract. Currently, there are four teams we are in conversations with and we expect to be finalizing…

  13. Royals release Yuniesky Betancourt

    Aug 14, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Predictably no team wanted anything to do with Yuniesky Betancourt and his contract on waivers, so after designating him for assignment last week the Royals have outright released the veteran infielder. Kansas City signed Betancourt to a one-year, $2 million deal this offseason despite seeing his amazing out-making ability first-hand in 2010. Between stints with…

  14. Maybe he has really terrible b.o.

    Aug 6, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Jose Mijares

    That’s one of my working theories for the odd case of Jose Mijares. Now, Mijares was pretty bad last year, finishing with a 4.59 ERA and a 30/30 K/BB ratio in 49 innings for the Twins. Still, between 2009-10, he had a 2.67 ERA and an 83/32 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. The Twins probably…

  15. Royals designate Yuniesky Betancourt for assignment

    Aug 5, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Yuniesky Betancourt was exactly the player for the Royals that the team should have expected him to be. On Sunday, that finally got him bumped from the roster, as he was designated for assignment and replaced by Tony Abreu from Triple-A Omaha. Betancourt started at third base today and went 0-for-4, leaving him with a…

  16. Mike Moustakas departs game with sprained right knee

    Jul 28, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    moustakas getty

    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was removed from Saturday’s game against the Mariners because of a sprained right knee that he suffered on a diving defensive play in the first inning. The Royals don’t seem overly concerned about the injury, but “Moose” seems likely…

  17. Yuniesky Betancourt is off the DL, batting second for Royals

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Kansas City activated Yuniesky Betancourt from the disabled list and he’s starting at second base tonight against the A’s. Not only that, he’s batting second in the lineup. Because why wouldn’t you want a swing-at-everything hitter with a .293 career on-base percentage setting the table, right? Or something. Betancourt has been out since May 1…

  18. Royals calling up Johnny Giavotella … for a part-time role

    May 9, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Johnny Giavotella

    Last week when Yuniesky Betancourt got hurt and the Royals replaced him with career minor leaguer Irving Falu rather than 24-year-old prospect Johnny Giavotella it seemed … well, let’s be nice and say odd. And now Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have decided to call up Giavotella after all–apparently…

  19. Royals place Yuniesky Betancourt on DL, but don’t call up Johnny Giavotella

    May 3, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    It was odd enough that the Royals chose washed-up veteran Yuniesky Betancourt over promising prospect Johnny Giavotella for the starting second base job this spring, but now Betancourt has been placed on the disabled list with an ankle injury and Giavotella didn’t even get the call to take his spot. And it’s not because Giavotella…

  20. The Royals are still a Little League team

    Apr 22, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie, Humberto Quintero

    Things will be different one of these years, I imagine. It just won’t be this one. The Royals fell to 3-12 by losing 5-3 to the Blue Jays on Sunday. Toronto got its fifth run on a double-steal with two outs in the top of the eighth. Here’s the video. Humberto Quintero opted to throw…

  21. The Blue Jays turned a triple play last night

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

    Blue Jays logo

    The Blue Jays turned their first triple play in 33 years last night as part of a 4-3 win over the Royals. The Royals got their first two runners on in the of the third inning against Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek when Eric Hosmer ripped a hard-hit liner to Adam Lind. Lind snagged it,…

  22. Springtime Storylines: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend?

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…

  23. Royals demote projected second baseman Johnny Giavotella

    Mar 25, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Johnny Giavotella

    24-year-old Johnny Giavotella was expected to be the Royals’ second baseman and No. 2 hitter this season. After 44 at-bats this spring in which he hit .250/.267/.318, he’s on his way back to Triple-A. The Royals demoted the New Orleans product on Sunday, opting instead to go with Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt as their…

  24. Edgar Renteria intends to play this season

    Feb 11, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Edgar Renteria

    You know someone we haven’t heard much about lately? Edgar Renteria. There was a report in early December that the Royals met with his agent at the Winter Meetings, but they ultimately signed Yuniesky Betancourt to serve as a backup infielder. Getting passed over for Yuni? That’s a real blow to the ego. Even though…

  25. It’s too hard hitting behind Ichiro Suzuki

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    It just can’t be done. At least, that seems to be the basis for Ken Rosenthal’s latest column: The truth, though no one dares say it around the Mariners, is that hitting behind Ichiro isn’t easy. Ichiro’s goal is not to get on base, but to get on base with a hit, collect 200 hits…

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