Jul 24, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt (11) in the dug out prior to the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

Yuniesky Betancourt Designated for Assignment; Tony Abreu Called Up

After the Royals game today, the Royals designated Yuniesky Betancourt for assignment. They now have ten days to trade him, release him or try to assign him to the minors.

Thus ends a notorious period of questionable defense, low on base percentages and general scorn from fans. Betancourt was signed this offseason to a $2 million contract for 2012 with the goal of using him as a utility player.

To fill his spot, the Royals called up Tony Abreu, who played shortstop mostly in Omaha. He’s hitting .322/.347/.492 as a Storm Chaser in 453 plate appearances.

After the game, Ned Yost said that Betancourt was wanting more playing time and his attitude wasn’t fitting in the locker room.


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