Yuniesky Betancourt 1B MIL 11 Months
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Yuniesky Betancourt has reached an agreement with Japan's Orix Buffaloes.
It was reported earlier this offseason that Betancourt was receiving plenty of MLB interest, but it's no surprise that he ultimately found a better opportunity overseas. The 32-year-old batted just .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances last season for the Brewers.
Yuniesky Betancourt 1B MIL 11 Months
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dose reports that Yuniesky Betancourt is "less than a week away" from making a decision on where he'll sign.
Cotillo adds that multiple teams have been interested, though it would be surprising if they were major league offers. Betancourt turns 32 later this month and batted just .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances last year.
Yuniesky Betancourt 1B MIL 12 Months
Zach Links of MLBTradeRumors.com reports that multiple teams are still interested in Yuniesky Betancourt, including one that could give him a chance to start.
The Marlins no longer have interest following the signing of Casey McGehee, but it sounds like Yuni won't have trouble finding a new home. That said, it's hard to believe that after a dreadful .212/.240/.355 season someone would really give him a chance to start.
Yuniesky Betancourt 1B MIL Sep 20 '79
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that six teams are "seriously in" on free agent infielder Yuniesky Betancourt.
Cotillo confirms that the Marlins are one of them and sees the club as a good fit. Betancourt batted just .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances this past season for the Brewers.
Yuniesky Betancourt 1B MIL Sep 02 '79
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have inquired on Yuniesky Betancourt
Betancourt batted just .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances this past season for the Brewers, but Jackson says the Marlins are looking at the infielder as a possible starting option at third base. The 31-year-old's agent said earlier this week that his client is receiving interest from five clubs.
Yuniesky Betancourt 1B MIL Aug 29 '79
Yuniesky Betancourt's agent told Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith on Monday that his client is drawing free agent interest from five major league teams.
Yuni will be trying to score a guaranteed big league contract despite batting just .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances this past season for Milwaukee. He does have occasional power, but only a desperate club would sign him and expect him to be a reliable everyday player. Betancourt, 31, is a .261/.285/.388 career hitter.
Yuniesky Betancourt 1B MIL May 21 '79
Yuniesky Betancourt hit his sixth career grand slam in the Brewers' 10-5 victory over the Mariners.
Betancourt has averaged a homer every 17.3 at-bats with the bases loaded, compared to one every 52.4 at-bats the rest of the time. Some might call him clutch. Others might say that he just doesn't really care most of the time. After horrible months of May and June, Betancourt is playing better again of late. Still, his playing time should be rather limited the rest of the way.
Yuniesky Betancourt 1B MIL May 05 '79
Yuniesky Betancourt went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in a loss to the Padres on Thursday.
Betancourt connected for a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth inning and later added an RBI single in the seventh. It was a rare big day for the 31-year-old, who entered Thursday's action with just 12 hits over his last 91 at-bats dating back to the start of June. Even a Yuni finds a nut every once in a while.
Yuniesky Betancourt 1B MIL Mar 16 '79
Yuniesky Betancourt delivered a walk-off double in the 10th inning as the Brewers beat the A's 4-3 on Tuesday.
The at-bat was Betancourt's only official AB of the game, as he entered as pinch-hitter and walked in the ninth inning before the game-winning double in the 10th. Betancourt's playing time has been threatened recently with the team's acquisition of Juan Francisco, so Tuesday may have been a bit of a statement by the veteran. Still, after his hot start, Betancourt has returned to fantasy irrelevance in recent weeks.
Yuniesky Betancourt 1B MIL Mar 08 '79
Batting cleanup, Yuniesky Betancourt singled in four at-bats against the Twins Monday.
Milwaukee fielded a skeleton-crew lineup on Memorial Day afternoon, which gifted baseball fans everywhere with Yuni in the No. 4 hole (to be fair, Betancourt has reached base in 40% of his 24 plate appearances batting cleanup this season -- perhaps Ron Roenicke is a soothsayer). Betancourt had a solid opening month to the season, but has reverted back to his old ways in May, hitting .183 with three extra-base hits in 82 at-bats. He sits at .232/.264/.409 on the year.