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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

MLB rumors: Yuniesky Betancourt draws interest from many teams

By on 12/31/2013 08:30:00 AM

Even though he hit just .212 in 137 games in 2013, shortstop/first baseman Yuniesky Betancourt is drawing interest from many Major League teams says Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors. Links confirmed the news Monday evening.
Betancourt had a rough season in Milwakuee, hitting just .212/.240/.355 with 13 HR and 46 RBI. He is normally a shortstop, but he was thrust into playing first base after the Brewers lost both Corey Hart and Mat Gamel for the season to injuries. It seems like it should not happen to a Major Leaguer, but sometimes a change in defensive position can affect a player at the plate. While a shortstop with Seattle, Kansas City, and Milwaukee, Betancourt usually hit between .252 and .289. He is a career .261 hitter -- .266 from 2005-2012.

The Miami Marlins were among the interested teams, but since they signed Casey McGehee in mid-December, they no longer have the need.

Betancourt will give a manager innings. He has stayed off the disabled list for the most part, having only two stints in his nine-year career. He spent 22 days on it in 2009 because of a strained hamstring and 30 days in 2012 for a sprained ankle. He will also put the ball in play, but he needs much more patience at the plate as his career .285 OBA would indicate.

Betancourt hopes to have a deal in place by mid-January.

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