IF | 5'10", 205 lbs. |
Birth Date:January 31, 1982 (32 years old) Place of Birth:Santa Clara, CUB
Drafted:Signed by Seattle in 2005.
Drafted:Signed by Seattle in 2005.
Movements & Injuries
|1/28/2014||Signed with Orix (Japanese League).|
|10/31/2013||Filed for free agency.|
|3/27/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers to a one-year contract.|
|3/24/2013||Released by the Philadelphia Phillies.|
|1/28/2013||Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies to a minor league contract.|
|8/14/2012||Released by the Kansas City Royals.|
|8/05/2012||Designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals|
|6/01/2012||Missed 26 games (ankle injury).|
|5/03/2012||Ankle injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 2nd, 2012).|
|12/20/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.|
|10/30/2011||Milwaukee Brewers declined their contract option for the 2012 season|
|10/30/2011||Declared free agent.|
|9/04/2011||Missed 1 game (elbow injury).|
|9/03/2011||Elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|12/19/2010||Acquired from the Kansas City Royals.|
|8/09/2010||Missed 3 games (personal reasons).|
|8/06/2010||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|7/27/2010||Missed 1 game (personal reasons).|
|7/26/2010||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|5/28/2010||Missed 2 games (concussion).|
|10/04/2009||Missed the last 2 games of the regular season (bruised left foot).|
|10/03/2009||Bruised left foot, day-to-day.|
|7/16/2009||Missed 17 games (hamstring).|
|7/10/2009||Acquired from the Seattle Mariners.|
|6/25/2009||Hamstring, early September.|
|8/03/2008||Missed 3 games (right elbow injury).|
|7/31/2008||Right elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|10/01/2007||Missed the last 6 games of the regular season (elbow injury).|
|9/26/2007||Elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|4/04/2007||Re-signed by the Seattle Mariners to a three-year contract.|
|7/28/2005||Recalled from Tacoma (AAA).|
|3/16/2005||Optioned to San Antonio (AA).|
|1/26/2005||Signed as an international free agent by the Seattle Marinersto a four-year contract.|
|3/27/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers.|
|1/28/2013||Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies to a minor league contract.|
|12/20/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Royals.|
|12/19/2010||Kansas City Royals traded Zack Greinke, Yuniesky Betancourt, and cash to the Milwaukee Brewers for Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress.|
|7/10/2009||Seattle Mariners traded Yuniesky Betancourt to the Kansas City Royals for Danny Cortes and Derrick Saito.|
|1/26/2005||Signed as a free agent by the Seattle Mariners.|
Yuniesky Betancourt signs with Japanese club | 01/28/2014 8:23 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Yuniesky Betancourt has reached an agreement with Japan's Orix Buffaloes.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactIt was reported earlier this offseason that Betancourt was receiving plenty of MLB interest, but it's no surprise that he ultimately found a better opportunity overseas. The 32-year-old batted just .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances last season for the Brewers.
Betancourt close to signing somewhere | 01/22/2014 2:55 PM
NewsChris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dose reports that Yuniesky Betancourt is "less than a week away" from making a decision on where he'll sign.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter
ImpactCotillo adds that multiple teams have been interested, though it would be surprising if they were major league offers. Betancourt turns 32 later this month and batted just .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances last year.
Multiple teams still interested in Betancourt | 12/30/2013 7:35 PM
NewsZach Links of MLBTradeRumors.com reports that multiple teams are still interested in Yuniesky Betancourt, including one that could give him a chance to start.
Zach Links on Twitter
ImpactThe Marlins no longer have interest following the signing of Casey McGehee, but it sounds like Yuni won't have trouble finding a new home. That said, it's hard to believe that after a dreadful .212/.240/.355 season someone would really give him a chance to start.
Six teams interested in Yuniesky Betancourt | 12/10/2013 9:10 AM
NewsChris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that six teams are "seriously in" on free agent infielder Yuniesky Betancourt.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter
ImpactCotillo confirms that the Marlins are one of them and sees the club as a good fit. Betancourt batted just .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances this past season for the Brewers.
Marlins looking at Yuniesky Betancourt | 11/21/2013 9:41 PM
NewsBarry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have inquired on Yuniesky Betancourt
ImpactBetancourt batted just .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances this past season for the Brewers, but Jackson says the Marlins are looking at the infielder as a possible starting option at third base. The 31-year-old's agent said earlier this week that his client is receiving interest from five clubs.
Yuniesky Betancourt drawing serious interest | 11/18/2013 9:31 AM
NewsYuniesky Betancourt's agent told Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith on Monday that his client is drawing free agent interest from five major league teams.
Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
ImpactYuni will be trying to score a guaranteed big league contract despite batting just .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances this past season for Milwaukee. He does have occasional power, but only a desperate club would sign him and expect him to be a reliable everyday player. Betancourt, 31, is a .261/.285/.388 career hitter.
Yuni Betancourt hits sixth grand slam | 08/10/2013 1:20 AM
NewsYuniesky Betancourt hit his sixth career grand slam in the Brewers' 10-5 victory over the Mariners.
ImpactBetancourt has averaged a homer every 17.3 at-bats with the bases loaded, compared to one every 52.4 at-bats the rest of the time. Some might call him clutch. Others might say that he just doesn't really care most of the time. After horrible months of May and June, Betancourt is playing better again of late. Still, his playing time should be rather limited the rest of the way.
Betancourt has four hits, homer in loss | 07/25/2013 6:10 PM
NewsYuniesky Betancourt went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in a loss to the Padres on Thursday.
ImpactBetancourt connected for a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth inning and later added an RBI single in the seventh. It was a rare big day for the 31-year-old, who entered Thursday's action with just 12 hits over his last 91 at-bats dating back to the start of June. Even a Yuni finds a nut every once in a while.
Betancourt walks off, Brewers defeat A's 4-3 | 06/05/2013 12:55 AM
NewsYuniesky Betancourt delivered a walk-off double in the 10th inning as the Brewers beat the A's 4-3 on Tuesday.
ImpactThe at-bat was Betancourt's only official AB of the game, as he entered as pinch-hitter and walked in the ninth inning before the game-winning double in the 10th. Betancourt's playing time has been threatened recently with the team's acquisition of Juan Francisco, so Tuesday may have been a bit of a statement by the veteran. Still, after his hot start, Betancourt has returned to fantasy irrelevance in recent weeks.
Betancourt goes 1-for-4 in loss to Twins | 05/28/2013 5:06 AM
NewsBatting cleanup, Yuniesky Betancourt singled in four at-bats against the Twins Monday.
ImpactMilwaukee fielded a skeleton-crew lineup on Memorial Day afternoon, which gifted baseball fans everywhere with Yuni in the No. 4 hole (to be fair, Betancourt has reached base in 40% of his 24 plate appearances batting cleanup this season -- perhaps Ron Roenicke is a soothsayer). Betancourt had a solid opening month to the season, but has reverted back to his old ways in May, hitting .183 with three extra-base hits in 82 at-bats. He sits at .232/.264/.409 on the year.
Yuni Betancourt swats eighth HR, Brewers win | 05/07/2013 11:29 PM
NewsYuniesky Betancourt slugged his eighth home run of the season in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.
ImpactYuni's two-run shot capped off a five-run first inning against Texas starter Justin Grimm. Betancourt, 31, is never going to be a complete baseball player, but he does possess some pop and is worthy of a roster spot in standard fantasy leagues when he is getting regular playing time and swinging the bat with authority. Both of those things are happening right now.
Betancourt to stick as regular first baseman | 05/01/2013 12:10 PM
NewsBrewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday that Yuniesky Betancourt will be the club's regular first baseman when Aramis Ramirez (knee) is activated from the disabled list Friday.
Adam McCalvy on Twitter
ImpactIn turn, Alex Gonzalez will function as a utility infielder. The decision doesn't come as a big surprise, as Betancourt is off to a surprisingly hot start. We don't expect it to last, but he should be owned in deeper mixed leagues until Corey Hart (knee) is ready to return.
Betancourt slotted as cleanup hitter Saturday | 04/27/2013 7:21 PM
NewsYuniesky Betancourt will make his first career start out of the cleanup spot in the lineup on Saturday against the Dodgers.
Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
ImpactBetancourt has been on a tear over the past two weeks, and owns a .277/.300/.523 line on the season, while being second on the team with four homers and 16 RBI. While there's no way he can maintain this pace, he could be worth an add in deeper mixed leagues while he's getting regular at-bats.
Yuniesky Betancourt homers again | 04/23/2013 1:26 AM
NewsYuniesky Betancourt ripped a three-run homer in Monday's 7-1 win over the Padres.
ImpactRyan Braun took Jason Marquis deep first with a two-run shot, and Betancourt provided the exclamation point with the three-run bomb. Yuni is batting just .245 so far this month for the Brew Crew, but it's come along with a surprising three homers and 12 RBI. He obviously has his warts but is worth using in NL-only formats.
Yuniesky Betancourt has big day Thursday | 03/28/2013 7:15 PM
NewsYuniesky Betancourt had a big day Thursday in his first game back in a Brewers uniform, going 3-for-4 with a double and two-run homer against the Rockies.
ImpactBetween his work with the Phillies and now with the Brew Crew, Yuni has batted a blistering .471 with 16 RBI this spring. He'll function as the backup middle infielder.
Brewers ink INF Betancourt to one-year deal | 03/27/2013 3:54 PM
NewsBrewers signed INF Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year contract.
ImpactAdam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he could earn a total of $1.4 million, including incentives. The 30-year-old batted just .228/.256/.400 with seven homers and 36 RBI in 57 games last season for the Royals and will serve as a utility infielder for Milwaukee.
Brewers sign INF Yuniesky Betancourt | 03/26/2013 3:44 PM
NewsJustin Bopp of SB Nation reports that the Brewers have signed infielder Yuniesky Betancourt.
Justin Bopp on Twitter
ImpactThe deal was announced as a major league deal by Betancourt's agents, though it hasn't been confirmed by the team. Betancourt was released by the Phillies over the weekend after batting .447 (21-for-47) with one home run and 14 RBI this spring. He'll presumably function as a utility infielder.
Phillies release Yuniesky Betancourt | 03/24/2013 4:15 PM
NewsPhillies released INF Yuniesky Betancourt.
ImpactBetancourt didn't make the Phillies' 25-man roster and has been given his release. He's batting .447 with a 1.025 OPS this spring and is expected to receive interest from multiple teams, including the Yankees and Cardinals. Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen have now all but locked up Opening Day roster spots.
Yuniesky Betancourt would use opt-out | 03/22/2013 12:33 PM
NewsYuniesky Betancourt will ask for his release on Sunday if he's not added to the Phillies' 25-man roster.
ImpactBetancourt is batting .439 with a .957 OPS this spring, but the Phillies have other options to back up in the middle infield. Despite a career .266/.290/.392 batting line and shaky defense, Yuni wouldn't be out of a job long if released.
Yuniesky Betancourt goes 3-for-4 | 03/16/2013 3:53 PM
NewsYuniesky Betancourt went 3-for-4 with a double Saturday against the Yankees.
ImpactBetancourt is batting .412 with seven RBI in 34 at-bats this spring. The Phillies appear content to stick with Freddy Galvis as a utilityman, which would leave no room for Betancourt on the roster. However, he can opt out of his deal next Sunday and may do so for the chance to latch on with another team.
Yuniesky Betancourt can opt out on March 24 | 03/06/2013 9:50 AM
NewsYuniesky Betancourt can opt out of his minor league contract with the Phillies on March 24.
ImpactIn other words, the Phillies have less than three weeks to decide whether Betancourt will have an Opening Day roster spot. The 30-year-old infielder owns a weak .266/.290/.392 career batting line and has little range defensively, but MLB.com beat writer Todd Zolecki thinks he will make the team as a bench player.
Phillies sign Yuni Betancourt to minors deal | 01/28/2013 1:11 PM
NewsPhillies signed INF Yuniesky Betancourt to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Todd Zolecki on Twitter
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Career Regular Season Statistics
|2004||Did not play||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|At Bats||559||2008 (Sea)|
|Triples||6||2 times-last: 2009 (Sea/KC)|
|Home Runs||16||2010 (KC)|
|Total Bases||225||2 times-last: 2010 (KC)|
|Extra-Base Hits||49||2007 (Sea)|
|Runs Batted In||78||2010 (KC)|
|Base on Balls||23||2010 (KC)|
|Times on Base||179||2006 (Sea)|
|Stolen Bases||11||2006 (Sea)|
|Caught Stealing||8||2006 (Sea)|
|Batting Average||.289||2 times-last: 2007 (Sea)|
|On Base Percentage||.310||2006 (Sea)|
|Slugging Percentage||.418||2007 (Sea)|