KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 22: Yuniesky Betancourt #11 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates his home run during a game against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium on July 22, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Twins won 7-5. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
— Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) August 14, 2012
#Royals request unconditional release waivers on Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt.
The team had designated the veteran infielder for assignment on August 5, starting a 10 day clock for the team to trade, release or outright (with Betancourt's consent) to the minor leagues. However, there was no incentive for any team to make a trade for Betancourt when he could be signed for less money via free agency.
Betancourt batted an abysmal .228/.256/.400 in 228 plate appearances over 57 games with the Royals this year. He is now a free agent and free to sign with any team, but is likely looking at a non-guaranteed deal because of his extremely poor play at the plate. According to WAR (Wins Above Replacement), Betancourt gave the Royals negative (!) value.