Phils Add Betancourt – Phillies Nation

Phils Add Betancourt Phillies announced they have signed Yuniesky Betancourt to a minor league deal today. Betancourt, 31, is coming off a 2012 with the Royals where he hit .228/.256/.400 for the Royals in 228 PA.

Analysis: Betancourt was famously traded for something of value in 2009 despite being in the middle of one of the worst modern seasons of all-time (-2.1 fWAR) – he is the rare “no bat, no glove” infielder.

Consider this a sign that both Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez will get ample opportunity to make the Phillies out of camp as utility infielders, as the Phils are now stockpiling AAAA-level talent up the middle. Look for Betancourt to play short for the IronPigs in 2013.



    • Publius

      January 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Seems about a fair grade

    • Ken Bland

      January 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      That article’s been up for a few days, as well as roughly half the clubs in the game. From what I’ve seen, Jaffe gave the Phils the lowest grade to date. He even gave the Marlins a D+, coming in a plus ahead of the Phils. He’s a little absolute in his views for my tastes.

      • George

        January 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm

        I just read the article, and I’d have to say that Jaffe is way too absolute in his views, at least on the Phils.

        If he’s not a legitimate scout, I’d take his grades with a huge grain of salt.

      • Publius

        January 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        The Marlins did, at least, assemble one hell of a farm system and offloaded a couple of bloated contracts.

        The Phillies on the other hand willingly accepted Michael Young, Delmon Young and now Yunieskey Betancourt.

  1. Jay Floyd

    January 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Josh Barfield, Marcus Giles, Luis Castillo…Yunieski Betancourt.

  2. Bruce

    January 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    The “Iron Pigs” are simply thrilled to have Yunieski Betancourt on their team.. Ahahahahah

  3. Mike

    January 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Ruben is officially trolling Phils fans now.

    • Chuck A.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      That has to be the single most stupid comment I have ever read on here.

  4. Mike

    January 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Lighten up Chuck. If you can’t have fun it’s going to be a long season for you. Besides, I’m pretty sure I’ve read stupider stuff here. 😉 Obviously I was kidding, but a part of me wonders if RAJ is on the phone with Ed Wade, saying “dude…Betancourt. They’re going to lose their $&@!”

    Because there is no way this move is grounded in any reasonable “baseball” rationale. There was a hint of it with the patently-absurd “I’m hoping Delmon Young can be our everyday right fielder,” but this is a level beyond that. So perhaps he’s now moved into screwing with us for fun.

    • schmenkman

      January 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Someone on another blog suggested it might be to have an extra shortstop in camp while Rollins is in the WBC. As good a reason as any.

    • Chuck A.

      January 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Mike – I was actually pretty “light” when I made my comment. And how is having depth in your system not “reasonable baseball rationale.”??? Like schmenk says, maybe to fill in while Jimmy is in the WBC…

      • EricL

        January 29, 2013 at 12:48 am

        Depth is one thing, but signing a fat, terrible hitting, terrible fielding shortstop doesn’t really do much for anyone.

        I see a handful of games at Lehigh Valley every year and I’d much rather watch any number of young, non-awful players on the field there. God forbid anyone actually get hurt on the Phils, because we all know that they have a tendency to give completely terrible players a bunch of playing time long after it’s been conclusively proven that said players are nowhere near skilled enough to be on a major league roster. (Nothing personal, MiniMart if you’re reading this, you just suck at baseball)

  5. Phillies fan from Germany

    January 29, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Is RAJ consciously looking for players who don’t take a walk? Unbelievable…

    • Lefty

      January 29, 2013 at 6:30 am

      No, but he did say he doesn’t care about walks. And we know that Charlie already said this last year.

      “walks ain’t hittin”

      “Amaro said at the press conference to announce Delmon Young’s signing, “I don’t care about walks, I care about production.” As Earl Weaver whirls in his grave, it’s worth noting that Philadelphia ranked 13th in the league in walks last year while producing 684 runs, its fewest since 1997, when Amaro himself was busy hitting .234/.320/.314 for a 94-loss team. Ah, the good old days.”

      That’s always been their philosophy. I’m hoping guys like new hitting coaches Henderson, and Joyner along with Sandberg can change that.

  6. PhilPhan35

    January 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Nice depth signing for the Phils, probably has no chance of making the club out of ST, and even if he does would only take over a Wilson Valdez/Michael Martinez role. Odds of that are still little to none though. Basically should be used as a “This is what you don’t want to be” for Galvis and the other young middle infielders. We just to have to hope he isn’t needed in the majors all season because if he is we have some issues.

  7. George

    January 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Other teams also sign some pretty lousy players for minor league depth, veteran influence, etc. The Tigers, for instance, recently signed a pitcher who lasted exactly ONE inning with the Phils, and though some players have had track records many times those guys have been paid millions to attempt comebacks from career ruining injuries. I think Amaro is getting bashed way too much for these types of moves.

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