Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 1/28/13
This is a post with two potential introductions. We will deploy both of them. First, let’s rewind to December 24, and MLB Trade Rumors. We have agent Alex Esteban, of Miami Sports Management. We find him speaking of client Yuniesky Betancourt, who was a free agent at the time. “I can assure you that Yuni will be signing a Major League contract. Currently, there are four teams we are in conversations with and we expect to be finalizing a deal shortly after the holidays,” Esteban said. Yuni was so popular last year that the Royals designated him for assignment on August 5, and then they released him on August 14, having failed to find a trade partner. Yuni went the remainder of the season entirely unsigned. “A Major League contract,” you might have remarked to yourself. “Who on earth would give Yuniesky Betancourt a guaranteed Major League contract?” The answer, it turns out, is no one. Sometimes agents lie, and their lies sound more desperate as they get more desperate. It’s possible that
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