UPDATE 10:36: OK, as far as I know, nothing has happened with Yuni on the trade front. Does that mean it isn’t being talked about? Not at all. In fact, I do think they are or were possibly close to a deal and that’s why he was pulled.
It wasn’t because of his hamstring. I asked him about it and he said, “I’m good, it feels good.”
Betancourt took part in batting practice, team fundamentals and infield.
“He did everything with us,” Rainiers manager Daren Brown said.
Brown said he got the call about 35-40 minutes before the game starter.
When I asked Betancourt about being pulled from the line-up he said: "I was in the line-up and then they said I wasn’t playing," he said. "I don’t know why."
Of course, I had to ask if he’d talked to his agent about today about any possible moves, he seemed genuinely perplexed and just said, “No.”
So I asked again, since he doesn’t have the best grasp of English: “So your agent hasn’t called you?” He shook his head.
Really, though would he know what’s going on? Probably not.
The speculating is not fun. It sometimes drives me insane. We’ve heard the report about the Pittsburgh Pirates scouting the Mariners. I didn’t see the Pirates at the Rainiers game yesterday when Yuni played second, but to be honest I wasn’t looking. I will say that there are at five or six scouts here today along with Mariner exec Jim Na here the last two games.
What does it all mean I don’t know.
But when he left the clubhouse at Cheney Stadium tonight Betancourt believed he was a member of the Mariners organization. And for the moment that appears to be true.
With the speculation of possible trades taking place, Betancourt being scratched 15 minutes before game time seems like more than a coincidence.
Does it mean he’s been traded? No. After all, he is coming back from a hamstring injury. But he looked perfectly healthy last night, and he was at Cheney for early work in the field and took batting practice.
The Mariners official comment is that “it was an organizational decision” whatever that means.
We’ll keep digging.