Since March, we've been advocating for the dismissal of Yuniesky Betancourt. He's a guy that Dayton Moore gave two million dollars to be a utility infielder on a go-nowhere team, despite him being arguably the worst player in the majors. The statistical ideas of value over replacement players (VORP) and wins against replacement (WAR) seem created just to deal with pieces of shit like Yuni. Those "replacements" are just average minor leaguers or bench players; basically, any warm body with a mitt who plays his position. And the Royals had at the time of his signing and still have now a TON of warm bodies that could have been out there this year instead of Yuni for half the cost. It is baffling that he was signed, especially with a fairly capable Chris Getz, two adequate veteran minor leaguers in Irving Falu and Tony Abreu, and the young guy Johnny Giavotella all on the Royals' payroll. Any and all of them were and are better options than Yuniesky Betancourt. Any one of them probably would have been better, just by being average, and would have been cheaper by one to one-and-a-half million dollars! Dayton hired the least effective, least capable guy, and paid him double for it. And apparently, Yuni wasn't even happy having a job that he didn't deserve, bitching in the clubhouse about playing time. I can't imagine he has much of a career ahead of him beyond this year, but who knows. With guys like Dayton Moore running teams, guys like Yuni seem to get way too many chances.
But enough griping! This is a day for celebrating!
It is with great pleasure that we share with you the following image:
Go Royals! DFA Frenchy Next!