Over at CSNPhilly.com, Jim Salisbury posits that Yuniesky Betancourt has a chance of making the Phillies over a fifth outfielder such as Darin Ruf or Ender Inciarte.
"Conventional wisdom would suggest the Phils go with two extra infielders and two extra outfielders," Salisbury writes.
"Phillies officials like the way Betancourt, hitting .360 (9 for 25) has played in camp. They would like to retain him as insurance for their aging infield. But Betancourt, who has been a regular shortstop for three teams, can opt out of his contract on March 24 if he’s not added to the active roster. Given the way Betancourt has played this spring, he’d probably land a big-league job if he opted out of his contract."
The only legitimate reason for keeping Betancourt would be to prevent him from opting out of his deal, as Aaron Cook can do as well. That would be the justification, infield depth, because Betancourt's not going to be the ideal pinch-hitter, defensive replacement, pinch-runner ... nothing. The guy has a .275 OBP since 2009 and has only slugged over .400 once.
It would create a pretty ugly bench. Humberto Quintero, Betancourt, Freddy Galvis, Kevin Frandsen and the other side of the John Mayberry/Lanyce Nix platoon. Zero pinch-hitting power.