Update: Yankees not interested at Yuniesky Betancourt “at this time”


8:30pm: Jon Heyman says the Yankees are not interested in Betancourt “at this time.” The Phillies did indeed release him earlier today rather than add him to their roster, by the way.

2:00pm: Via Jim Salisbury: The Yankees are one of a handful of teams “poking around” on infielder Yuniesky Betancourt. I assume their thinking involves bringing in someone who would make Eduardo Nunez — who will start at shortstop as Derek Jeter slowly recovers from his ankle injury — look like an All-Star by comparison.

Betancourt, 31, can opt-out of his minor league contract with the Phillies if they do not add him to the roster today. He’s had a strong camp — 21-for-47 (.447) with three doubles and a homer — but remains one of the very worst players in baseball, a no-hit/no-glove type. Yuni is a .266/.290/.392 (79 wRC+) hitter in nearly 4,000 career plate appearances with a -49.2 UZR and -74 DRS in just over 8,200 defensive innings, in case you didn’t believe me. The Phillies are likely to keep him as a backup infielder, so the Yankees might not even get a chance to acquire Betancourt if they wanted.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League


  1. Nice Guy Eddie says:

    Freddy Garcia was released today…

  2. Pat D says:

    This would be that which would make me join the gloom-bagging crowd.

  3. Barry says:

    Nothing to do with doom and gloom, but please God, no, no, no Yuniesky Betancourt. He’s is the most worthless baseball player, ever.

  4. Bavarian Yankee says:

    meh, wouldn’t even give him a minor league deal. tbh I don’t know why/how he gets a job in the major league every year.

  5. Cool Lester Smooth says:


  6. LK says:

    And so it has come to this.

  7. dkidd says:

    rock bottom

    nowhere to go but up

  8. jjyank says:

    I’m usually all in favor of low risk minor league deals. But please, pass on this one. It may be low risk, but if there’s no upside, I don’t see the point. Poke around all you guys want, just don’t actually sign him.

  9. wayne says:

    so now we get to feel what it’s like to be a mets fan!

  10. trr says:

    not much of a pick up, but we badly need depth at SS

  11. Jake says:

    Vernon Wells????? Please tell me Arod is involved. Please.

  12. Magilla Gorilla says:

    John Sterling said that there is a rumor that the Yankees will acquire Vernon Wells at virtually no cost.

  13. RetroRob says:

    I will take Nunez every day of the week over Betancourt.

  14. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Why not give Stewart and Wells some competition for the worst player on a major league roster. Those 3 gotta be in the top 10 at least.

  15. Matt DiBari says:

    Well, that’s a little bit of good news on a bad day

  16. Dalek Jeter says:

    Good, Yuni is were I would draw the line. At least you can make the argument that Wells and Boesch can platoon. Betancourt there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to.

  17. Eddard says:

    Give it a week or two and Betancourt will be scooped up for $7 million over 2 years. God forbid we give the kids a chance to play.

  18. RollingWave says:

    good lord, what next? Willie Bloomquist and Jeff Mathis?

  19. Al says:

    The Yankees have had discussions about Lyle Overbay, who could platoon with Juan Rivera at first base in Mark Teixeira’s absence. Overbay is currently with the Red Sox, but he has an out clause in his contract that he can trigger on Tuesday.Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo:

  20. oldmanalex says:

    Why not just call up Nomahh. Natural SS, plays 1b/3b. Why not?

  21. Guns says:

    Oh, there is a shitty player they’re not interested in signing?

  22. Bill says:

    You guys are comparing Yuni to Nunez…you wouldn’t pick him up to play ss over nunez…you have to compare him to jayson nix..if we were playing fantasy baseball…you guys can have nix with his .215 lifetime average, who has never started for anyone and is an awful offensive player…i will take betancourt with his .266 lifetime average who has started for kc two years in a row and hit 16 hrs in 2010 with 78 rbis and in 2011 13 hrs with 68 rbis…do you want to compare their spring training stats…I would take betancourt in a second over nix…not even close…nix might be a little better on defense….nix went thru waivers last year and not one team in either league put a claim in…

  23. Bill says:

    You pick up betancourt for insurance in case nunez gets hurt or to give him a blow for a game..but mostly as a bench player who can get a hit pinch wouldn’t use nix to pitch hit for anyone…he can’t hit and we have a weak offensive team as it is..

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