This is what I’ve found: As a switch-hitter, he’s a joke batting right-handed. But, against RHP, he’s got some interesting stats.
In the last three seasons, to date, Wilson Betemit has 682 PA vs. RHP. And, in those 682 PA, he has 66 XBH and 77 BB. That’s not too shabby.
The Yankees view Betemit as a utility player they can use at first base this year and, if Alex Rodriguez leaves, at third base in 2008.
I can see where this just might not be the worst trade in the world – even with my appreciation of what Scott Proctor brings to the table.
Update, July 31, 2007, 12:35 pm ET: ESPN.com is now reporting that Proctor for Betemit is a done deal:
The Dodgers and Yankees have agreed in principle on a trade that would send reliever Scott Proctor to the Dodgers for infielder Wilson Betemit, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.
The Dodgers, who have a 5.61 bullpen ERA since the All-Star break, have been in on a number of trade discussions involving relievers but zeroed in on Proctor over the last 24 hours.
The Yankees view Betemit as another first-base/DH/bench option for this year, and a potential third-base replacement for Alex Rodriguez next year.
Betemit is batting .231 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs this season off the Dodgers’ bench. Proctor is 2-5 with a 3.81 ERA, and his 54 1/3 innings out of the Yankees’ bullpen are tied for fourth-most among AL relievers.