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[1/29/2014] Orix Buffaloes sign Yuniesky Betancourt to one-year deal

by on Jan.29, 2014 @ 1:50 pm, under NPB

According to a couple of tweets by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Orix Buffaloes have signed thirty-one-year-old infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year deal.

Source: Free-agent IF Yuniesky Betancourt has reached agreement with Japan’s Orix Buffaloes. [Tweet 1/29/2014]

Betancourt’s contract with Orix is for one year. Financial terms currently unavailable. [Tweet 1/29/2014]

Daily Sports was one of the first media sites in Japan to pick up on the story.

[UPDATE @ 8:05pm]

According to the latest reports out of  Japan, Betancourt signed a one-year deal worth an estimate 100 million yen.  He has told the Buffaloes he prefers to play third, but the organization could also use him at first.

Betancourt will not make the start of spring camp.  He is expected to arrive some time in February.

Source: Sponichi 1/29/2014

[UPDATE @ 10:22pm]

An announcement of the signing has been posted at the official Orix website.

Career Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2005 23 SEA AA,AAA 101 433 410 38 116 19 9 7 50 19 12 15 32 .283 .311 .424 .735 174 5 3 2 3 1
2005 23 SEA AL 60 228 211 24 54 11 5 1 15 1 3 11 24 .256 .296 .370 .666 78 2 2 2 2 0
2006 24 SEA AL 157 584 558 68 161 28 6 8 47 11 8 17 54 .289 .310 .403 .713 225 10 1 7 1 0
2007 25 SEA AL 155 559 536 72 155 38 2 9 67 5 4 15 48 .289 .308 .418 .725 224 10 1 3 4 3
2008 26 SEA AL 153 590 559 66 156 36 3 7 51 4 4 17 42 .279 .300 .392 .691 219 23 2 6 6 0
2009 27 KCR
SEA
AA,AAA 4 15 15 2 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .467 .667 7 0 0 0 0 0
2009 27 TOT AL 134 508 470 40 115 20 6 6 49 3 3 21 44 .245 .274 .351 .625 165 17 0 11 6 0
2009 27 SEA AL 63 245 224 15 56 10 1 2 22 3 1 10 18 .250 .278 .330 .609 74 9 0 8 3 0
2009 27 KCR AL 71 263 246 25 59 10 5 4 27 0 2 11 26 .240 .269 .370 .639 91 8 0 3 3 0
2010 28 KCR AL 151 588 556 60 144 29 2 16 78 2 3 23 64 .259 .288 .405 .692 225 13 1 4 4 1
2011 29 MIL NL 152 584 556 51 140 27 3 13 68 4 4 16 63 .252 .271 .381 .652 212 16 2 0 10 3
2012 30 KCR AA,AAA 6 23 23 2 10 1 0 2 6 0 0 0 3 .435 .435 .739 1.174 17 1 0 0 0 0
2012 30 KCR AL 57 228 215 21 49 14 1 7 36 0 1 9 25 .228 .256 .400 .656 86 10 0 1 3 0
2013 31 MIL NL 137 409 391 35 83 15 1 13 46 0 0 14 71 .212 .240 .355 .595 139 9 1 0 3 3
MLB 1156 4278 4052 437 1057 218 29 80 457 30 30 143 435 .261 .285 .388 .673 1573 110 10 34 39 10
MiLB 111 471 448 42 129 21 9 10 58 19 12 15 36 .288 .313 .442 .755 198 6 3 2 3 1

One comment on “[1/29/2014] Orix Buffaloes sign Yuniesky Betancourt to one-year deal

  1. muratafan

    Yuni B! Watched him play here in Milwaukee. He has gotten progressively chubbier with less range every year. Solid pop, most likely a 3B or even a 1B now that Dae Ho Lee is in Fukuoka. Won’t hit for average, will rarely walk (pretty obvious from the above stats), hit the occasional HR and probably have an average in the 240′s (if that). However, Yuni will be well liked by his teammates.

    I hope Orix didn’t pay him anything more than $500-$700K.

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