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Betemit signs one-year deal

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 18, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees signed Wilson Betemit to a one-year deal today, avoiding arbitration. That leaves Brian Bruney, Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang.

Today is the day the teams and agents exchange salary numbers. Hearings starts on Feb. 1. The Yankees will likely have everybody signed by then.

UPDATE: Betemit received $1.165 million, a nice raise from the $405,000 he made last season.

 
 

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37 Responses to “Betemit signs one-year deal”

  1. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 18th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    How much did he get?

  2. mel January 18th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the update. Hope Wilson has a good year. We need good infield support this year.

  3. Jaewon January 18th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Yay! Betemit!

    Ideas from last thread:

    *Interleague Play record
    *Number of Walkoff wins
    *Number of how many times bullpen makes fun of ARod on a homerun doing the arm thingy
    *Number of strippers ARod is caught with.

  4. Bill from NJ January 18th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    He got $1,165,000

  5. i miss bernie January 18th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    who throws out the 1st pitch opening day?
    (super bowl mvp osi umenyiora!)

  6. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 18th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Eli Manning.

  7. Bill from NJ January 18th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    GMEN!!

    Favre will go back to his usually self and throw 4 INTs. Book it!

  8. saucy January 18th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    “who throws out the 1st pitch opening day?”

    Guiseppe Franco

  9. mel January 18th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Pavano! With his left arm.

  10. i miss bernie January 18th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    mel, then he falls down the dugout stairs and re-injures his buttock, putting him on the double DL (invented for him)

  11. kd January 18th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    I wonder if giving Betemit that much money will make him hard to trade

  12. Jaewon January 18th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I posted this on the last thread but thought i should post it here too:

    freerice.com

    I know this is random but this is a cool website where they give you a word and 4 choices for what it means, and everytime you get it right you donate 20 grains to help end world hunger. It’s free (hence the name) and really addicting.

  13. pat January 18th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    kd

    Cashman said he was the good enough to be starting 3rd baseman in October. WHy would they want to trade him?

  14. Yazman January 18th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I think Betemit’s production per at bat combined with his age and relative inexperience give him a higher upside than many give him credit for. He could be a super-sub or better IMO. Glad he’s signed.

  15. Yazman January 18th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Jaewon, I find http://www.freerice.com a very cool site (and yes, a tad addicting). It’s great to visit with the kids. OK, back to our originally scheduled programming…

  16. saucy January 18th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    i stink at big words. too bad they don’t have a numbers version…

  17. i miss bernie January 18th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    G-MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ground game churns out the yardage, eats up the clock and keeps the ball out of farve’s hands.
    G-Men win 24-17!

  18. kd January 18th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    pat,

    because he’s good and cheap, and not totally necessary. he might fetch an arm or something we need midseason. he’s a movable piece

  19. i miss bernie January 18th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    could see them moving giambi at the all-star break.

  20. raymagnetic â„¢ January 18th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    “I wonder if giving Betemit that much money will make him hard to trade”

    1.1 mil is pocket change. If the Yankees need to trade him money will not be the deciding factor. With that said, I don’t think they’ll trade him until they get a long look at him first.

  21. i miss bernie January 18th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    *after* the all star break

  22. Clay Bellinger January 18th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    “who throws out the 1st pitch opening day?”

    Toonces the Driving Cat

  23. i miss bernie January 18th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    here’s a unique idea for some1 to throw out the 1st pitch opening day:
    George Steinbrenner

  24. GreenBeret7 January 18th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Sorry, but, the Giants don’t have a chance when the Packers have these kinds of backers.

    http://www.nbc5.com/family/15075679/detail.html

  25. i miss bernie January 18th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    he must’ve run out of duct tape for the cheesehead!

  26. pat January 18th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    I’d bet Gossage will throw out the first pitch this year.

  27. lousy chowdah January 18th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Have George P. Mitchell throw the 1st pitch to Bud “Goofus” Selig. Tell them unless the pitch is a perfect strike and is caught, there’ll both be ejected from the Stadium forthwith.

  28. mel January 18th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Toonces! He was the best. For the young folk, do an online search. He was on SNL years ago.

  29. raymagnetic â„¢ January 18th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Actually Scooter the Squirrel should throw out the first pitch. I hear he’s a lefty as well.

  30. Chris NY January 18th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    espn just said Aaron Ross will be playing… good news.

  31. Doreen January 18th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Glad Betemit signed. Lots of people avoided arbitration by coming to terms today. How are Wang and Cano doing?

    Thanks for the Freerice.com link. It is indeed addictive — and fun!

  32. i miss bernie January 18th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    chris, Ross going out after that injury last week was inspiring!
    GO G-MEN!

  33. i miss bernie January 18th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    i meant going out and playing after the injury, and making a BIG tackle!

  34. Doreen January 18th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    pat -

    Gossage throwing out the first pitch would be a great idea!

  35. george January 18th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Duncan & Betemit might make a productive 1B platoon. not sure if that’s what they’re planning; i guess it depends upon whether Duncan can hit righties.

    i assume that Giambi won’t play in the field. Unless he’s the DH, he breaks down with almost Pavano-like predictability. So unless they are planning to play Matsui (or Damon) at 1B, I don’t see where Giambi fits.

  36. Yazman January 18th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Having George throw out the first pitch is risky, but I kind of like it!

    Tons of critical has been (often rightly) sent his way. But talk about someone who put his money where his mouth is with respect to caring about the fans and giving the NYY the best chance to win…

  37. RVA Yanks (ESPN is not allowed on the Giants' bandwagon) January 19th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I really liked Betemit last year, he shores up some help with the infield and it gives our bench a boost. Betemit and Molina were two guys I definitely wanted to see back for the 08 campaign.


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