Mariners Trade Betancourt to Royals

by Ben Cook on July 10, 2009 writer Ed Price has the scoop on the Seattle Mariners trading shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt to the Kansas City Royals for two pitching prospects, said to be RHP Danny Cortes & LHP Derrick Saito.

Trade rumors had been swirling around Betancourt recently although the presumed buyer had been the Pittsburgh Pirates rather than the Royals.

The Mariners are also said to be shopping both Erik Bedard and Jarrod Washburn although Roy Halladay‘s availability may be dapening interest on both.

Betancourt, who is still owed $10 million on his contract, became available after Ronny Cedeno filled in admirably during Betancourt’s recent trip to the DL.

There had been speculation that the M’s would have to eat some of Betancourt’s contract in order to trade the short stop but financial details of the deal are not yet known.

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