Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 3/24/13
Yuniesky Betancourt had an option in his contract with the Philadelphia Phillies that if he was not going to make the 25 man roster, he would be notified by March 25 and could ask for his release. Betancourt was released after today’s Grapefruit League game against the Boston Red Sox at Bright House Field. The move is a mistake for the Phillies who will likely count on Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen to be the team’s utility infielders barring a trade or or signing. Betancourt had an outstanding spring for the Phillies. He hit .447 with a homerun and 14 RBI’s in 51 plate appearances in 17 games. He made several spectacular plays in the field and in a small sample showed that he can still contribute at the major league level. Allowing Betancourt to leave makes no sense for the Phillies. If they kept him on the roster, they could option Freddy Galvis who could get regular at bats at Triple A and continue to improve his hitting as opposed to the limited playing time he will get in Phi...
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