Tigers get Wilson Betemit from Royals for two minor leaguers

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Detroit has acquired Wilson Betemit from the Royals for a pair of prospects, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com.

Betemit hasn’t been able to duplicate his career-year from 2010, but he’s hitting .281 with a .750 OPS in a part-time role and will give the Tigers a switch-hitting alternative to the .177-hitting Brandon Inge at third base.

Betemit also has big-league experience at first base, shortstop, second base, and both outfield corners, so he’s definitely a nice bat to have around. In return they give up left-hander Antonio Cruz and catcher Julio Rodriguez, both of whom are at Single-A and considered mid-level prospects at best.

Picking up Betemit certainly isn’t a blockbuster move, but it’s a nice pre-deadline addition for the Tigers without having to give up much and he should provide an offensive boost along with some versatility.

Mariners to hire Tim Laker as their hitting coach

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Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners plan to hire Tim Laker as their new hitting coach. He’ll replace Edgar Martinez, who has moved into a different role with the club.

Laker has spent the past spent the past two years as the Arizona Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach. Before that he was a coach and manager in the minor league systems of the Indians and White Sox. He, of course, also spent 11 seasons in the Majors as a catcher, playing for the Indians, Expos, Devil Rays, Pirates and Orioles.