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A good deal for the Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 31, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_400140.jpgScott Proctor for Wilson Betemit is a very proactive move by the Yankees.

The 30-year-old Proctor has made 135 appearances and thrown 156.2 innings since he start of last season. He has not commanded his secondary pitches as well as they hoped he would at this point in his career. At his age, he quite likely is what he is going to be. That’s a pitcher for the sixth or seventh inning.

Those kind of players can be found internally and externally quite easily. The Yankees have three of them in Edwar Ramirez, Jim Brower and Chris Britton.

Betemit is only 25 and while .231 with 10 homers and 26 RBI may not seem like much, he has a .359 on-base percentage. The Yankees also have three players (A-Rod, Matsui and Posada) with more than nine homers. They are in no position to scoff at a player with good power. He’s also 8 of 25 as a pinch hitter.

Betemit has never played first base but at 6-3, I suspect he could handle it.

At worse, they have a strong utility player moving forward. At best, he could end up playing regularly. If A-Rod walks, he could play third assuming they upgraded elsewhere.

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