Pirates No Longer Pursuing Betemit

Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are no longer pursuing infielder Wilson Betemit. We heard yesterday that the team was closing in on deals with Betemit and Nate McLouth. The McLouth deal is done, and is expected to be made official today.

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  • Anonymous

    why?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

    They determined that he hit too well to be on our team.  

  • Anonymous

    Disappointment, but tempered some by the Bedard signing.

  • Anonymous

    Hitting coach thought he couldn’t get him to regress enough in one season to make it worthwhile.  :>)

  • James S

    No loss here… Betemit is way too Adam LaRoche-like streaky, and without the power. He gets extremely hot for 2-3 weeks, then goes back into his normal 2 hits in 40 ab weeks.

    At the end of each year somehow his average looks good, but it’s only from the several little hot streaks he has each year where he goes like 20 hits in 40 ab.

    You can’t trust Betemit to produce on a consistent daily basis, just like LaRoche used to be for us, but again, without even the home run/extra base power LaRoche has.