KANSAS CITY, MO The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed utility infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year Major League contract for 2012. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. With the signing, the Royals 40-man roster stands at 39.
We have been looking for a utility infielder who could play short, third and second base and we feel Yuni is a great fit, said Royals General Manager Dayton Moore. He brings a right-handed bat with some power and is a guy we know fits in well in the clubhouse.
Betancourt, 29, was the starting shortstop for the National League Central Champion Milwaukee Brewers in 2011. The 5-foot-11, 204-pounder hit .252 with 27 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 68 RBI and 51 runs scored during the regular season for the Brewers; then batted .310 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBI in 11 postseason games as Milwaukee advanced to the NLCS before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in six games.