KBO Releases Foreign Betancourt to Trade In One Month… CLE→MIA, Annual Salary Expected $2.3 Million

The Miami Marlins announced today (Nov. 11) a trade that will send cash considerations to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Betancourt. Cleveland, which signed free agent catcher Austin Hedges to a one-year, $4 million deal earlier in the day, is sending Betancourt to clear space. Betancourt, who arrived in Cleveland via waiver claim on March 7, has changed teams again in just over a month.헤라카지노

Betancourt batted .315 (71-for-315) with 11 home runs, 33 RBIs and a .635 OPS in 104 games for the Tampa Bay Rays this season. Despite starting 89 of 102 games this year and playing at a high level, Tampa Bay released Betancourt as a non-tender after the season. With his salary set to rise to $2.3 million next year in his second year of salary arbitration eligibility, small-market Tampa Bay waived him.

Cleveland then claimed Betancourt off waivers. They brought Betancourt in as a catcher to platoon with established starter Bo Naylor, but needed to clear the way for free agent Hedges, an experienced defensive catcher.

They ended up sending Betancourt to Miami in a cash deal. Miami doesn’t have much of a catcher outside of third-year Nick Fortes. Fortes is also a weak hitter, batting just 2-for-60 (294-for-294) with six home runs and 26 RBIs for a .562 OPS in 108 games. This is a team where Betancourt should get plenty of opportunities as a starter.

Betancourt debuted with the Atlanta Braves in 2013, but his big league career was cut short by the San Diego Padres in 2017. In 2019, he signed with NC for a total of $1 million and headed to South Korea.

Betancourt hit the first home run at Changwon NC Park and wore a catcher’s mask for 11 games, a rare feat for a foreign player, but he was released in early July after a disappointing 53-game season in which he batted just 2-for-46 (50-for-203) with eight home runs, 29 RBIs and a .712 OPS.

After returning to the United States, he continued to play in the minors, but returned to the big leagues after a five-year absence in 2022 with the Oakland Athletics. Traded to Tampa Bay in the offseason, Betancourt batted .252 (80-for-318) with 11 home runs, 34 RBIs, and a .692 OPS in 100 games. In recognition, he signed a major league contract this year for $1.35 million.

After hitting 11 homers for the second straight year, Betancourt was non-tendered by Tampa Bay but was claimed by Cleveland. He was traded back to Miami within a month, but the opportunity to establish himself as the starting catcher presented itself. He had a connection to Miami president Peter Bendix, who had brought Betancourt to Tampa Bay when he was general manager.

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