Betemit agrees to join Baltimore

The Orioles have agreed to terms with free agent Wilson Betemit, a one-year deal that gives the organization necessary infield/outfield depth as well as a versatile candidate at designated hitter.

The deal is not official and is still pending a physical, but the initial agreement was reached on Monday with contractual details still being hammered out. Betemit has rebounded from tough 2009 season in Chicago, spending the last two years with Kansas City and Detroit and hitting a combined.290 with a .838 OPS.  The 30-year-old Betemit is primarily an infielder, but could play the outfield if needed and gives the Orioles a flexible DH option, an avenue manager Buck Showalter prefers.

Betemit, who resides in the Dominican Republic, has a career .817 OPS against right-handed pitching and it will be interesting to see how he’s used in Baltimore. He offers another option for a leadoff hitter if second baseman Brian Roberts (concussion) is unable to play and could end up seeing a look at third base –where he spent the majority of last season – if Mark Reynolds can’t bounce back from a disappointing defensive year.  Betemit could also be used as the team’s primary DH and another bench option –along with Robert Andino – that can fill in almost anywhere.

Both Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette made clear at Saturday’s FanFest that the organization wasn’t done adding pieces, and it was a logical step –in a winter dominated by adding pitching depth — for the O’s to turn toward upgrading positionally before next month’s camp.  The Orioles are expected to continue to add arms before heading to Sarasota, Fla. with heavy interest in free agent closer Francisco Cordero.

7 Comments

Would you say that he is the defacto replacement for Luke Scott?

In a sense, yes.

are you sure it isn’t a two year deal?

Good move. We are adding a good veteran player to the club. In past years, we have had a pitifully weak bench but it looks like we will have a pretty good one this year with lots of versatility which is great. Next question, who is dropped from the 40 man roster – my guess is Joe Mahoney. This is a place where it would be good to know Brian Roberts actual status. If he is unable to play, we could put him back on the 60 day DL and thus open up a spot.

Well, I was a bit off with my Joe Mahoney prediction. Cutting ties with VanderHurk is a good move. Signing Prince Fielder now would be a foolish move. We have plenty of coverage for 1st base and DH. Save the money and sign Cordero for the closer spot with change to spare.

O’s are waiting while other teams get the good pitchers. This strategy will backfire.
If you do not improve your team then you are a loser for the 15th year in a row. What about Vladdy? Keep him. He is still a lifetime .319 hitter. Anyway more depth is required at pitcher. Get off your asses and try harder.

Try to be patient as Buck builds his team from within, much like the Jays, Rays, Yanks, and the Bosox. Store bought players are nice, but home grown ones are better!

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