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MLB Free Agency: Kansas City Royals Sign Yuniesky Betancourt To One-Year Deal

The Kansas City Royals have made an offseason move in order to firm up their infield and their offense in 2012. On Tuesday, the official Kansas City Royals Twitter feed announced that the team has signed former Royal Yunieski Betancourt to a one-year deal.

#Royals sign utility infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year deal for 2012. Yuni expected to back up at short, third and second.
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The idea with signing Betancourt is that he will serve as a utility infielder to back up at shortstop, second and third. Betancourt went on a postseason run with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011 and mostly played shortstop there. In 152 games with the Brewers, Yuni posted a line of .252/.271/.381 with 13 home runs and 27 doubles.

Betancourt came to the Royals in the middle of 2009 and departed following the 2010 season. He has a reputation as a free swinger and his lifetime K/BB of 339/120 reflects that. His K/BB in 2011 was a whopping 63/13.

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