Betancourt Signs Minor-League Deal

The Phillies announced today they have signed infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to a Minor League contract.

The deal includes an invitation to big-league camp in Clearwater, Fla.

“Just to give us some depth,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I think that some competition for one of the utility spots. We have Freddy (Galvis) and (Kevin) Frandsen who have a chance to be on the club and so does Yuni. He’s got some experience and background. We’ll see how it goes. It gives us some depth.”

Betancourt, 30, hit .228 with 14 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 57 games last season with the Kansas City Royals. He played 46 games at second base, eight at third base and one at shortstop. He hit .308 with eight doubles, seven home runs and 22 RBIs in 26 games in Winter Ball in Mexico.

Betancourt provides the organization additional infield depth. If healthy, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Michael Young will be the Phillies’ everyday infielders. Frandsen, who hit .338 with an .834 OPS in 55 games last season, and Galvis, who is a defensive whiz, are the favorites to come off the bench.

“I am sort of anxious to see him work out and play and stuff,” Charlie Manuel said of Betancourt. “You know, I have always liked his tools. I think that with the talent that he has, going into spring training, it gives us more competition.”

Also in camp as Non-Roster Invitees are infielders Josh Fields, Pete Orr, Michael Martinez, Andres Blanco and Cody Asche.

In 1,019 games in the big leagues with Seattle, Kansas City and Milwaukee, Betancourt has hit .266 with a .290 on-base percentage, .392 slugging percentage and .682 OPS.

8 Comments

Does this mean chase is going to the outfield? Seems like a ton of infielders and no outfielders.

What? They have Revere, Young, Mayberry, Brown, Ruf, and Nix for the outfield. How many more do you want?

He’s an infielder jackass!

I want to see what Ruf is, we know what the rest of these guys are Reveve is solid for his defense and the rest we know what they are. I didn’t start this talk. Chase’s body would take a lot less abuse in the outfield.

Chase can’t throw from 2nd to first half the time, how’s the gonna throw from left?

Some of they guys invited to camp are camp fodder or ticketed for AAA. It’s called depth. They’re not going to keep everybody.

Hope they start Frandsen and Galvis to spell some of the older guys to keep them fresh.

Me, I hope they start Young!

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