June 26, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt (11) connects for a home run in the third inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Just Say No to Yuniesky Betancourt

Jun 27, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt (11) flips the ball to second base in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Ever watch the WWE, or WWF as it was called years ago? Think back to when two wrestlers were in the ring and suddenly another wrestler’s music would begin to play. Jerry Lawler, also known as that excitable announcer who once wrestled Andy Kaufman, would begin to squeal. “Oh my god, it’s <insert wrestler here>’s music!!!!” Well, the music that may be playing at Kauffman Stadium next year during the occasional at bat may be enough to throw Lawler into further hysterics.

Why is that? Because apparently there are a number of teams that are interested in Yuniesky Betancourt, with one team potentially interested in the erstwhile Royals infielder as a starting option. Fortunately, the Royals are set with their starters across the infield, so it is highly unlikely that they would be the team interested in Betancourt as a starter. But could he be considered an option as a utility infielder?

Although none of the interested teams have been specifically mentioned, it may be fair to expect the Royals to appear on that list. Dayton Moore and Ned Yost seem to have some sort of affinity for Betancourt, despite all the evidence showing that he truly is not that great of an option anywhere in the lineup. While Betancourt has some power, particularly for a middle infielder, he does not make consistent enough contact, nor does he get on base. Defensively, Betancourt is only slightly better than having one of those old bounce back nets that I used to throw baseballs into as a child to improve my fielding.

Yes, the Royals have potential middle infield options already in the system. Christian Colon has played both second base and shortstop in the minors, and would command less of a salary than Yuniesky Betancourt. However, much like those old wrestlers, he just keeps coming back. First, he appeared to have left when he was traded along with Zack Greinke. Then, after being banished to Milwaukee for a year, he returned once again before being released. Could the Royals really consider bringing back Betancourt for a third time?

We can only hope that Dayton Moore is resisting the urge to pick up the telephone and reach out to Yuniesky Betancourt’s agent, inquiring about how Betancourt would feel about coming back to Kansas City for a third time. Failing that, we can only hope that one of those old folding metal chairs are lying around before Betancourt’s music begins to play throughout the stadium.

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  • jimfetterolf

    With Bonifacio and Valencia and with Colon close, there is no reason for Yuni. Dayton Moore has the position covered. Yuni was possible some years ago, but depth precludes him now. That’s what depth do.

    Big Dave, you’re doing a great job, love the quantity and quality of content. I’m impressed. Thanks.

    • Dave Hill

      Exactly. There is no reason for him. I just get worried when I see that he is available and that the Royals are one of the rumored teams to be interested, although there have not been any specific teams listed.

      Thanks for the kind words Jim. It’s been a great couple of months since I’ve moved over to Kings of Kauffman, and I’m looking forward to providing you all with more content and conversation over the years to come.

      • jimfetterolf

        Yuni, like Davies, Frenchy and Getz, has long been a bete noir in this market, usually gets down to Moore or Yost having an unnatural affection for them. Then they’re gone when depth allows it, two of the three dropped mid-season, Getz released after Bonifacio showed his stuff, Colon got closer, and, I would guess, when preliminary discussions showed Infante was probable.

        This year’s scapegoat is looking to be Moose. And again, little wiggle-room because Valencia has a weak glove and can’t hit righties while Cuthbert and Dozier are at least a year away. So, if Moose starts out slow, we’ll hear that Yost likes his grit and intangibles while Moore doesn’t want to admit to making a mistake in drafting him.

        • Dave Hill

          To me, that’s not fair to Moustakas if that ends up being what happens. Prospects just don’t pan out sometimes for whatever reason. Fortunately, the Royals appear to have the depth where they will be able to handle the position if Moustakas does not pan out, but he should not get that level of disdain.

          • jimfetterolf

            It’s seldom ever fair, but it has happened and will happen again. We heard it about Alex for a few years, he was a bum, a bust, didn’t care, brittle. The litany on Moose, some of which I agree with, is that he’s stubborn, arrogant, out of shape, and doesn’t listen to coaches. If he starts slow that will be blared across the media, fairly or unfairly.

          • KCMOWHOA

            I heard some great stories recently about Moose’s drinking proclivities in and around Westport+Plaza. It’s all hearsay, but I’ve several people mention the same things about Moose.

          • jimfetterolf

            Bet he can’t match Mantle and Martin :)

          • KCMOWHOA

            Or Brett. It’s just interesting to hear of professional athletes doing stupid things like that in this day and age. I guess Hos, Moose and sometimes Butler like to visit The Piano bar in Westport.

          • jimfetterolf

            Back in the ’80s I saw #5 at TGIF and Kelly’s a time or two. Back then I wouldn’t have been the first to cast stones :)

          • KCMOWHOA

            No, it was a different time. And in fairness I probably drink as much or more, but nobody is paying me millions of dollars to be an athlete.

          • Ed Connealy

            If Moose shows up out of shape and stinks up the joint again…he deserves wrath. ( I don’t think either of those things will happen though)

          • jimfetterolf

            After ’12 the meme was that he over conditioned in the off season and wore down. He had spent time at the Scott Boras fat farm and lost a bunch of weight, then showed up in Surprise in January and started working out.

          • unclejesse40

            The problem that the Royals have had for years is that they needed their prospects to come up and be the savior of the team. that is to much pressure to put on a guy. But I will also say that this is my put up or shut up year for Moose. But with the numbers that I have been seeing from Winter Ball I’m not going to be holding my breath.

      • Dave Lowe

        This article definitely got my attention. If the Royals sign this guy again, I’ll no longer be a Royals fan.

  • DownUnderFan

    I just hope Dayton keeps attending his shopaholics anonymous meetings to keep control of his bargain basement binge shopping attacks.