MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wilson Betemit has joined the Detroit Tigers, eager to play for a first-place team after an intradivision trade brought him over from Kansas City.
Betemit was in the lineup for Thursday’s game at Minnesota, batting ninth and playing third base. The 29-year-old was acquired for two minor leaguers, and third baseman Brandon Inge was dropped from the roster to make room.
Betemit was moved by the Royals to make room for Mike Moustakas at third base. He says he wasn’t surprised by the trade and that he’s comfortable staying in the AL Central where he’s used to the opposing pitchers.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland says Betemit always made him uncomfortable when he came to bat for the other team.