Heyman: Rays Sign Wilson Betemit | The Process Report

Heyman: Rays Sign Wilson Betemit

The Rays have signed Wilson Betemit to a minor-league deal, according to Jon Heyman.

Betemit, in addition to being a Jason Collette favorite, is a nominal switch-hitter who cannot hit left-handed pitchers. He’s a more well-rounded hitter against righties than his swing-and-miss tendencies would have you think, and he’s shown the ability to hit for average and power versus them in recent years. Unfortunately, Betemit is not without negatives. Namely, he doesn’t have a true defensive home, and he’s missed significant time over the past year and a half due to wrist and knee woes.

Should Betemit come to camp hearty and hale, he stands a fair shot at making the 25-man roster—and, if he doesn’t, he’ll be able to opt for free agency. How the Rays would deploy him is unclear, though he can serve as a safety net and pinch-hitting option if nothing else. Andrew Friedman always talks about how it takes more than 25 players to get through a 162-game season; as such, he likes to accumulate quality depth on the bench and in the minors. If healthy, Betemit fits.

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