Utility infielder Yuniesky Betancourt was signed to a one year, $2 million deal by the Royals. The former Royal spent 2011 in Milwaukee where he was the regular shortstop. At least they’re calling him a utility guy because Betancourt has primarily played shortstop through his career. The Royals already had a shortstop though so Betancourt looks like he’ll either be the fill in guy or he could start at second base.
He does have some incentives where if he’s in a full time role, he’ll pick up an extra $500,000. Still, hitting isn’t Betancourt’s strong point. The best season of his career was 2007 and that year he had an OPS+ of 93. His career mark is 82. He doesn’t draw a lot of walks and he has a pretty hollow batting average although the last couple of years he’s been in double digits in home runs.
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