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2013 Spring Training

Phils Lose to Boston, Cut Betancourt

The Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox in Clearwater, 7-6. After the game, they cut veteran infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, allowing him to pursue other opportunities.

Betancourt played well with the Phillies, hitting .447 over 17 games. However, with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis ahead of him, and the need for a fifth outfielder, Betancourt was expendable. On top of that, his regular season numbers haven’t been very good. Over the last 5 seasons, Betancourt ranked 316 out of 349 qualified players with a .666 OPS.

During the game, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley hit back to back home runs, their seventh and fourth of the spring, respectively. Utley finished 3-for-4 with 4 RBI. Cliff Lee wasn’t great, going 5 1/3 innings, giving up six runs and nine hits.



  1. hk

    March 24, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Kudos to RAJ for releasing Yuni and not being swayed by the SSS of < 50 PA's.

    • Chuck A.

      March 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Even the oft-maligned (and unfairly so) Ruben Amaro isn’t THAT stupid.

  2. DaveP

    March 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Back to back homers in back to back games by the same two players. Even in spring training, that has to be rare-ish.

  3. Ken Bland

    March 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    “Cliff Lee wasn’t great, going 5 1/3 innings, giving up six runs and nine hits.”

    I have developed a frequent and intense aversion to the overusage of the word great in my time on this planet sharing the English language with other patrons.

    I would say in this particular instance, the use of the word is masterfully selected. Doing my best Dave Zinkoff immitation, I would say…..GREAT…from WASN’T. That’s not as good as when Garfield would score when he was a Brave, and the Zink would lip HEARD…of BUFFALO, but it makes it’s point.

  4. Ken Bland

    March 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Victorino tweet tonight…

    Great seeing my old teammates…thanks @Phillies fans for the ovation and cheers during today’s #SpringTraining game!

    I think the Phils were more right than wrong to let Vic roll on, but what a terrific catch today. I like that ballclub he’s on, and who knows…maybe he and they can recreate some of that magic he helped develop here before his contract’s over. That’s a very interesting division, and Vic should find fun easy to find in that great baseball town.

  5. Lefty

    March 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    IMO- Betancourt never had a chance of making this club. He was here at first because Jimmy played for the good old USA. After that it was -performing for someone else mode. I guess they would have kept him if they thought they could sign and trade him, but apparently had no takers?

    • George

      March 24, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      I pretty much agree. The only surprise was how well Betancourt did in ST.

      I’ve read that Amaro did try to line up a deal but had no takers. There’s no shock there. No one would be stupid enough to trade for a guy they might get for free, and Betancourt’s never been the kind of player you lose sleep over should some other team sign him first.

      The latest rumor is that the Phils are looking at outfielders. I can’t really figure that one, because right now they have enough of those in camp, and I don’t see any of the available guys as being upgrades. I’d take a chance on Enciarte before I’d sign some .240 hitter for more money. I suppose they could be looking because in a month or so they figure they’ll need to upgrade from Delmon Young.

      • Lefty

        March 25, 2013 at 5:03 am

        Maybe they were in the running on the Vernon Wells deal until the Yankees moved on him, otherwise i agree there are no apparently available upgrades. (Not that Wells is that great).

        My wish all offseason that they acquire the low cost, great RH hitting Josh Willingham was a pipe dream, and completely up in smoke. I can’t think of anyone else RA jr. might be referring to, unless he meant the recently acquired Welty?

      • Ryne Duren

        March 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

        yea i’m with you lefty. getting willingham would’ve been sweet. i could only imagine our line up with him entrenched behind howard.
        even without him though i think the phils will score a lot more runs this year and be more consistant. and patient at the plate. so far that seems to be the case. lets just hope it carries through to the regular season.

      • George

        March 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        As far as being in on Wells, I can only say, “God, I hope they weren’t!” I don’t even think he’s a .240 hitter anymore, and the Yanks are picking up something like $13M of his salary. “Not that Wells is that great ” seems a bit of an understatement. He flat out stinks these days, no two ways about it.

  6. Ken Bland

    March 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I must acknowledge the Harry Krishna, or whatever subculture it was that was predicting the end of Planet 3 in the local solar system back in December,

    First, in a tradition of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson and Shane Spencer, the New York Empire has acquired Vernon Wells. If George Steinbrenner didn’t roll over in his grave off that, he never will. From Syosset to Harlem, they can’t be happy with that.

    As if that’s not evidence enough that Planet 3 is going down, I checked out the Miani Fish starting lineup today. Holy Mackrel! I guess it’s kinda sorta maybe perhaps digestable that Willie Valdez is leading off. But the cleanup guy is Placido Polanco. Giancarlo will be excited to bat in that particular lineup. Against the powerful Tigers no less.

    • George

      March 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      With so many people crying “rebuild!” and saying that the Phils should have a “firesale” if they’re not close at the trade deadline, the Phils could sport a lineup just like that Fishy one you’re talking about, something with maybe Galvis batting cleanup. I hope Amaro keeps the earplugs handy when the pundits come knocking, because his team sill might only be in third place by mid-season.

      • Ken Bland

        March 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        Third place by mid season is a possibility.

        Third place by the 8th inning today is unlikely.

        Mercy killing.

  7. Lefty

    March 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Good thing Edwin Encarnacion got the day off, this could be worse. That lineup looks really good. John Lannan, not so much.

  8. George

    March 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Galvis might just as well have batted cleanup today. Or maybe Lannan. He couldn’t have hit any worse than he pitched.

    • Chuck A.

      March 26, 2013 at 8:25 am

      I would NOT go after Barajas. Lerud or Quintero will serve just fine. And I think Kratz is gonna get a good amount of playing time even after Ruiz is activated. A clear upgrade over Schneider!

  9. Ken Bland

    March 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Rod Barajas got cut by the Dbacks today.

    Being as Ruben mentioned catching depth (for what it’s worth, I guess), the Phillie killer seems like an obvious pick up. I was getting to enjoy the Steven Lerud story, but busibess is business.

    Seems to me a like a pretty obvious move.

    We’ll see if anybody around here disagrees.

    • Lefty

      March 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      I disagree. Not with Barajas specifically, with the idea that they need an “experienced” (read: “old”) catcher. How many games did Brian Schneider spend on the DL the last two years?

      • Chris Norton

        March 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm

        They don’t need a 37 year old catcher backing up a 35 year old catcher. Barajas has been here before and tenure didn’t exactly end with warm & fuzzy feelings. He won’t be back.

    • George

      March 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      I disagree, too. Barajas can no longer hit, and he’s always had a noodle for an arm. He stunk when he was here the first time, and the Phils seemed eager to get rid of him.

      I really don’t see why the Phils even need another catcher unless they’re totally down on Kratz. Kratz will be the starter for a whole twenty five games, which means his backup would start maybe five times. You could park a mannequin behind home plate and probably still win one or two of those five. Lerud, Quintero, who cares. Unless Kratz is constantly mooning the plate umpire or urinating in Ruiz’s locker, there’s just no reason to waste money on someone else.

      • Ken Bland

        March 25, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        Well, I chose to take the depth at catcher quote honestly, and figured it was with the first 25 in mind, which is why I figured it as a fairly obvious move. I mean the lack of need for depth at cathcer doesn’t stand out other than the first 25, when I wouldn’t have figured even that to be, but as I said, I thought the quote about catching depth suggested something..

        Am I gonna lose sleep defending the thought?

        In a word, hellno.

      • brooks

        March 26, 2013 at 5:18 am

        Rod Barajas does well, just vs the Phillies.

  10. Chuck A.

    March 26, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I would NOT go after Barajas. Lerud or Quintero will serve just fine. And I think Kratz is gonna get a good amount of playing time even after Ruiz is activated. A clear upgrade over Schneider!

    • Ken Bland

      March 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Do you feel by posting this twice that Barajas has half as much chance of making the ballclub?

      Your views must be important, posting them twice and all.

      I wish arc had the ability to do that.

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