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Royals Designate Betancourt For Assignment
“We have been living in a losing culture here for many, many years,” [manager Ned] Yost said. “We cannot get over the hump. In order for us to get over the hump, we have to have 25 guys that are solely invested in one goal, and that’s turning this organization around to become a champion. That’s it. It’s not about, ‘How much do I play?’ It’s not about, ‘Do I have a job?’...
“And Yuni did a great job for us, but he was a guy that wanted more playing time. He would get upset when he didn’t, but (Chris) Getz was playing good.
The Royals also tried to trade Mijares, although he won’t be eligible for free agency until after 2014. He is only owed roughly $310,000 for the remainder of this season but, club officials believe, could command $2.5 million next season through arbitration.
That was deemed too expensive when weighed against in-house alternatives.
“Mijares wasn’t going to be part of the long-term plan here,” Yost said. “[Francisley] Bueno has been throwing the ball real well, and he is more of an option as a long-term guy. We wanted to get him up here to look at.” ...
The Giants’ winning claim means every American League club, and most National League clubs, passed on the opportunity to acquire [Mijares] for the cost of his contract and the $20,000 fee.
“If we could have (traded him),” Moore said, “we would have. We just need to see some other guys. We have multiple people in our organization who think Bueno can be just as effective against left-handers and get right-handers out as well.
“We didn’t know if Mijares had that same capability.”
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