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Royals bring back Yuniesky Betancourt

Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:03 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Kansas City Royals have signed free agent Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year deal, the club announced Tuesday afternoon. Betancourt had played with the Royals in the second half of 2009 and again in 2010, but he was sent to the Brewers as part of the Zack Greinke trade. He'll now return to Kansas City, at least for one season. The good news for Royals fans is that he won't be the starting shortstop. That job still belongs to defensive whiz -- so, like, the opposite of Betancourt -- Alcides Escobar.

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“We have been looking for a utility infielder who could play short, third and second base and we feel Yuni is a great fit,” said Royals’ general manager Dayton Moore in a statement. “He brings a right-handed bat with some power and is a guy we know fits in well in the clubhouse.”

Yes, Betancourt, 29, does have some power, having hit 16 homers in 2010 and 13 last season. Of course, he also makes a ton of outs. His career on-base percentage is a paltry .292. Last season, he hit .252/.271/.381 and is among the worst defensive shortstops in the majors. But, again, he's only going to serve as a backup to youngsters Escobar, Mike Moustakas and Johnny Giavotella around the infield. So it would appear his days as a regular starter are over.

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hootyeek
Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:27 pm
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Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Royals bring back Yuniesky Betancourt

Let's hope that the Royals don't bring him as a defensive replacement. Can you say Dr. Strangeglove?



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Royals bring back Yuniesky Betancourt

So now we're a hang nail away from him being a starter again. God no!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Royals bring back Yuniesky Betancourt

It's a good signing for a bench player



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Royals bring back Yuniesky Betancourt

Dear God WHY! How does this man keep getting work when so many poor Americans are unemployed?


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