The Phillies have signed 30-year-old infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to a minor league deal.
The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Betancourt, who hit .228/.256/.400 in 2012 through 57 games with the Royals, was released on August 14. Betancourt could be cut during the preseason, but depending on the health of the Phillies' infield, could wind up playing a more prominent role.
From the press release:
"Betancourt, 30, hit .228 with 14 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 36 RBI in 57 games with the Kansas City Royals last season. Defensively, he appeared in 46 games at second base, eight at third base and one at shsortstop. Following the regular season, Betancourt played for Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Winter League, where he batted .308 with eight doubles, seven home runs and 22 RBI in 26 games.
A native of Santa Clara, Cuba, Betancourt has hit .266 with 203 doubles, 28 triples, 67 home runs and 411 RBI in 1,019 career games between the Seattle Mariners (2005-09), Royals (2009-10, 2012) and Milwaukee Brewers (2011)."