Here's some good news: White Sox pitchers will get to face Yuniesky Betancourt again in 2012.
The Royals brought Betancourt back a year after shipping him to Milwaukee in the Zack Greinke trade, signing the shortstop to a one-year, 2 million contract. MLB Trade Rumors passed along this statement from Royals GM Dayton Moore:
We have been looking for a utility infielder who could play short, third and second base and we feel Yuni is a great fit. He brings a right-handed bat with some power and is a guy we know fits in well in the clubhouse.
Betancourt can play shortstop, but not very well. UZR and DRS have rated him as well below average in each of the last five seasons, often to the point where he's a liability every time he sets foot on the field. He doesn't have much in the way of range and doesn't limit his errors -- in other words, there's little he does right.
He does have decent power for a shortstop, hitting 29 home runs in the last two seasons. But his on-base percentage in the last two years has been well below .300, plummeting to .271 in 2011.
In 189 career plate appearances against the White Sox, Betancourt has a .237 OBP, although he has hit eight home runs. But still. A .237 OBP.
Betancourt will fill a utility role, so he shouldn't get the 580 plate appearances he's seen in the last two seasons, so that's a bit of a relief for Royals fans.
Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things.
In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.
On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family.
Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather.
Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!
Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above.
The White Sox battle the Los Angeles Dodgers, and you can catch all the action right now on CSN.
[Buy White Sox tickets right here]
— Channel finder: Make sure you know where to watch
— Latest on the White Sox: All of the most recent news and notes