Yuniesky Betancourt off to Japan

Updated: January 29, 2014, 10:59 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt has signed with the Orix BlueWave of Japan's Pacific League.

Betancourt has a .261 career average with 80 homers and 457 RBIs with Seattle (2005-09), Kansas City (2009-10, '12) and Milwaukee (2011, '13).

The 31-year-old native of Cuba began his career as a shortstop but played mostly at first and third base last year for the Brewers. He hit .212 with 13 homers and 46 RBIs last season, when had a $900,000 base salary and earned $400,000 in performance bonuses.

Orix has been seeking replacements for infielders Lee Dae Ho and Aarom Baldiris, who left to sign with other clubs during the offseason.


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