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Royals Designate Yuniesky Betancourt For Assignment

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Jul 23, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt (11) throws to first against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
Jul 23, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt (11) throws to first against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas City Royals have designated Yuniesky Betancourt for assignment, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star, and will call up Tony Abreu from Class Triple-A Omaha to take the open roster spot. The Royals will have a ten-day window to trade, waive or release Betancourt with the third option being the most likely.

Betancourt signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Royals this past off-season and the team did not get any bang for their buck. In fact, the 30-year-old Betancourt hurt the team more than he helped at the plate and in the field. He accumulated -0.7 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) for the team, meaning he was worse than the average replacement-level player.

He entered today batting just .232/.260/.408 with 7 home runs in 224 plate appearances over 56 games this season and, as was his usual self defensively (not good).