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Infielder Wilson Betemit and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a two-year, $3.25 million contract.
The Orioles announced the deal with the free agent Tuesday and say it includes a vesting option for 2014.
Betemit will receive a $500,000 signing bonus and earn $1 million this season and $1.75 million in 2013. A $3.2 million option for 2014 becomes guaranteed if he has a combined 700 plate appearances over the first two seasons.
The switch-hitting Betemit batted .285 with eight homers and 46 RBIs in 97 games for Kansas City and Detroit last season. In nine big league seasons with six teams, Betemit has hit .269 with 63 homers and 243 RBIs.
To make room for Betemit on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated RHP Rick VandenHurk for assignment.
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Wilson Betemit's bat is a mirage. There. Glad we cleared that up right in the first sentence. At least now you know the tone the rest of this piece will take. Oh, perhaps as a stopgap for a season, Betemit could be at least useful now and then. But two years with an option? Oh dear. That's not a good idea. Friends, there is a reason why the Orioles will be Betemit's...
The Orioles made their signing of infielder Wilson Betemit official -- the club's realease is below.
The Baltimore Orioles have signed Wilson Betemit to a one-year Major League deal, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Betemit hit .285 while splitting time between Kansas City before he was traded to the Tigers. He also posted a .343 OBP and a career high in strike outs with 105. Betemit made $1mm last season.
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The Orioles have agreed to sign Wilson Betemit to a one-year, Major League contract, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun (via Twitter). The deal is pending a physical.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Infielder Wilson Betemit and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a two-year, $3.25 million contract.
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1. Assorted Headlines
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Australian Baseball League
3. Kevin Millwood’s Stunning PITCHf/x Chart
Baltimore Signs Betemit to Two-Year Deal
Contrary to earlier reports of a one-year agreement...
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Now that the Prince Fielder saga is over (and it was very bewildering), where does it leave the Orioles in terms of their lineups? Honestly, I do think the team still needs another bat.
By the way, although Fielder would have definitely helped the Orioles at the plate; however, it would have been a very poor use of resources by the organization. I don’t think he would have aged...
The Orioles announced that they designated right-hander Rick VandenHurk for assignment to create roster space for infielder Wilson Betemit.
The Orioles signed Wilson Betemit last night to a two-year deal, with an option for a third one. He’s not the free agent we all expected; however, he’s got some pop in his bat and can play an array of positions in the infield, and some outfield.
I mean, Betemit is a decent major leaguer, but not on the wrong side of 30 – yet – and productive.
He’s now involved in the...