The New York Yankees have been looking at Yuniesky Betancourt who is currently in camp with the Philadelphia Phillies according to Jim Salisbury. With news that Derek Jeter’s ankle might not allow him to be ready for opening day it looks like Brian Cashman is looking around at possible options.
Betancourt, 31, is not someone Yankee fans should get excited about. Betancourt has posted a .266/.290/.392 career slash line. He offers no power, no offensive upside and is one of the worst defensive infielders in the game. Betancourt could opt-out of his contract today if he is not added to the Phillies roster. The Phillies might be keeping him, however. He has had a very nice spring, hitting .447 with three doubles and home run.
The Yankees have much better options on their roster right now. Jayson Nix has his upside if he isn’t exposed by playing too much. Eduardo Nunez is an upgrade over Betancourt, even though Nunez is still struggling defensively. For all of Nunez’s defensive problems he at least offers something offensively and on the bases.
Betancourt does not represent an upgrade at all over anyone that is currently on the Yankees roster. The Yankees would be better off sticking with Nunez and Nix at short rather than bring Betancourt in.
There is no question the Yankees should look under every rock for possible help. Jeter’s health should be a question mark. He is 39-years-old and his ankle is obviously still giving him issues. However, Nunez is a much better player than Betancourt offensively. The Yankees would be much better off with what they have on their roster than by brining Betancourt in.