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Multiple teams are said to have interest in former Milwaukee Brewers infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, according to Zach Links of MLBTradeRumors.com. The Miami Marlins coveted him before they signed another former Brewer in Casey McGehee.
Except for a few weeks at the beginning of the season, Betancourt had a horrible year at the plate in 2013. He hit .212/.240/.355 in just over 400 plate appearances (how he got 400 PA is beyond me).
Why in the world are teams still interested in him?
The only thing going for him is that he’s capable of playing every position in the infield, however none above average. He displays occasional pop but his strikeouts and abysmal on-base percentage negate any power he has left. At 31, Betancourt doesn’t have much to offer and I question if using a bench spot on him is worth it.
If teams are interested in signing him to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, then yeah, I can get behind that. But a major league deal after the season he produced in Milwaukee? I don’t get it.
Let’s just hope the Brewers aren’t one of the interested teams, although they still need to figure out the first base situation…