Farewell, Yuniesky Betancourt.
Tonight Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Betancourt, long the subject of jokes, snips, and one-liners among those who follow baseball, has reached an agreement with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan.
Source: Free-agent IF Yuniesky Betancourt has reached agreement with Japan’s Orix Buffaloes.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 29, 2014
In his MLB career Betancourt has played for the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, and Milwaukee Brewers. He is a career .261 with a career .673 OPS. Oddly versatile, he continued to catch on with big league clubs as a “utility” player. Last season he played a number of games at first base for the Brewers, and he might have ended up with them again if not for a couple moves they made this month.
According to BaseballReference, the last time Betancourt had a WAR above zero was 2007, his third season in the league (2.0 WAR). Last season he was a -2.0 WAR player, though his usefulness was in question long before then.
I have nothing against Betancourt. I cannot imagine having a reason to dislike him, though I have laughed at his expense often. In the end he embodies a certain cliche: “jack of all trades, master of none.” Here’s to hoping he finds some success with the Buffaloes.