The Cubs have gone through makeshift utility players this year like tissue paper (notice I didn’t say “Kleenex,” no suing me!). So why not another?
According to a tweet by MLB.com’s Noah Coslov, the White Sox will designate infielder Wilson Betemit for assignment before Thursday’s game and call up top prospect Gordon Beckham…. Betemit hit just .200/.280/.310 in 50 plate appearances this season after being acquired in exchange for Nick Swisher over the winter. MLBTradeRumors.com.
To be clear: Betemit hasn’t hit particularly well either of the last two years. But before that, he was pretty ok. And he’s only 27.
More importantly, the guy can play *everywhere.* He won’t win gold gloves anywhere, but he’s more than serviceable. He’s like Ryan Freel with more upside.
Even with Freel and Aaron Miles due back from the DL, and Bobby Scales and Andres Blanco doing all they can, you’ve got to believe the Cubs are kicking the tires on Betemit. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to learn that the Cubs make a deal for him soon, and at the very least, they’ll consider signing him if he’s ultimately released.