MLB Free Agency: Yuniesky Betancourt signs with team in Japan

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

Topics: Milwaukee Brewers, Yuniesky Betancourt

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