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Yuniesky Betancourt | Third Baseman

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 1/31/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Yuniesky Betancourt has signed a contract with los Toros de Tijuana in the Mexican League.
Betancourt played with Japan’s Orix Buffaloes last season but hit .141/.139/.155 in 74 plate appearances before being released due to injury. The 33-year-old last was in the majors in 2013 with the Brewers, batting .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances. Wed, Apr 22, 2015 10:56:00 AM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Yuniesky Betancourt has reached an agreement with Japan’s Orix Buffaloes.

It 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.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 08:23:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Yuniesky Betancourt is "less than a week away" from making a decision on where he'll sign.

Cotillo 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.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 02:55:00 PM

Zach Links of reports that multiple teams are still interested in Yuniesky Betancourt, including one that could give him a chance to start.

The 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 shot to start.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 07:35:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that six teams are "seriously in" on free agent infielder Yuniesky Betancourt.

Cotillo 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.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 09:10:00 AM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have inquired on Yuniesky Betancourt

Betancourt 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.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 09:41:00 PM

Yuniesky Betancourt's agent told Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith on Monday that his client is drawing free agent interest from five major league teams.

Yuni 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.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 09:31:00 AM

Yuniesky Betancourt hit his sixth career grand slam in the Brewers' 10-5 victory over the Mariners.

Betancourt 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.
Sat, Aug 10, 2013 01:20:00 AM

Yuniesky Betancourt went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in a loss to the Padres on Thursday.

Betancourt 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.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 06:10:00 PM

Yuniesky Betancourt delivered a walk-off double in the 10th inning as the Brewers beat the A's 4-3 on Tuesday.

The 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.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 12:55:00 AM

Batting cleanup, Yuniesky Betancourt singled in four at-bats against the Twins Monday.

Milwaukee 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.
Tue, May 28, 2013 05:06:00 AM

Yuniesky Betancourt slugged his eighth home run of the season in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.

Yuni'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.
Tue, May 7, 2013 11:29:00 PM

Brewers 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.

In 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.
Wed, May 1, 2013 12:10:00 PM

Yuniesky Betancourt will make his first career start out of the cleanup spot Saturday against the Dodgers.

Betancourt has been on a tear over the past two weeks and currently ranks second on the Brewers with four home runs and 16 RBI. There's no way he can maintain this pace, but the infielder could be worth an add in deeper mixed leagues while he's getting regular at-bats.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 07:21:00 PM

Yuniesky Betancourt ripped a three-run homer in Monday's 7-1 win over the Padres.

Ryan 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.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 01:26:00 AM

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