Royals officially sever ties with Betancourt

Royals officially sever ties with Betancourt

KANSAS CITY -- Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt's second term with the Royals is officially over.

Betancourt was placed on unconditional release waivers by the Royals on Tuesday. He was designated for assignment on Aug. 5 and the Royals had 10 days in which to trade him or release him.

The action on Betancourt, manager Ned Yost made clear that day, was taken in part because of the infielder's discontent over not getting more playing time. Yost also made an impassioned statement to reporters about the importance of team unity and building a winning culture after years of losing records.

Betancourt originally was obtained from the Mariners on July 10, 2009, in exchange for two Minor League pitchers and was the Royals' regular shortstop through the 2010 season. Then he was dealt to the Brewers along with pitcher Zack Greinke in a trade that brought the Royals four players, including current shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Last winter, Betancourt was a free agent and was signed by the Royals primarily to be a backup infielder, although he wound up splitting the second base job with Chris Getz. This year, Betancourt batted .228 in 57 games with seven homers and 36 RBIs.