I wrote in a previous post that I don’t care about the size of the Pirates payroll. But there was a “non-move” today that really bugged me.
I had suggested on this site that Wilson Betemit would be a good low-cost free agent option for the Pirates at 1B. Well, the cost was a lot lower than I had anticipated. Betemit, today, signed a minor league (!) contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
You might be wondering what I saw in Betemit, since he missed almost all of last season with a severe knee injury, has not been the best at fielding his positions, and has mostly played 3B.
Betemit has a career .820 OPS against right-handed pitchers and has played 1B. Is that not worth the “gamble” of a few hundred thousand dollars more than the league minimum on a major league contract?
I believe Betemit would have been worth a very small risk. But I do have to keep in mind that the team has much more information than I do with my statistics, which include . . . an .820 OPS!
“So, now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9b