The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Yuniesky Betancourt will ask for his release this weekend if he’s not added to the Phillies’ 25-man roster. Which he may very well not be given that Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis are already around.
Thing is, Betancourt has had a heck of a spring. He’s hitting .439 with a .957 OPS. No, that doesn’t make up for the fact that his entire career demonstrates that he’s an offensive liability — and that he’s really no great shakes with the glove either — but someone will look at those numbers and say “maybe … just maybe …”
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.