The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has officially agreed to terms on a contract extension for right-handed relief pitcher and closer Rafael Betancourt. The new deal has Betancourt making $4MM this year, $4.25MM in 2013, and includes a $4.25MM option for 2014.
January 25, 2012
Rafael Betancourt's days in the Indians' bullpen are over as the right-hander was traded to the Colorado Rockies for young Connor Graham. Betancourt, 34, will be a free agent after the season and the Indians were unlikely to sign him and decided to try and get a younger player with potential in an effort to rebuild from this disappointing season. Graham, an Ohio native, will turn 24 in December.
July 23, 2009
Fausto Carmona and Rafael Betancourt will not be participating in the World Baseball Classic. Both right-handers have been removed from their native nation's rosters for next month's tournament. Grady Sizemore, Mark DeRosa, Shin-Soo Choo and Rafael Perez are still planning on playing, while Jhonny Peralta and Masa Kobayashi are not sure. Several Tribe minor-leaguers also may play in the event.
February 12, 2009
Right-hander Rafael Betancourt, one of the Indians' most valuable players in 2007, has signed a two-year contract that includes a club option for 2010. The right-hander played an important role in helping Cleveland win the AL Central last season and was rewarded with a significant raise. He will earn a reported $5.4 million over the next two seasons after being paid $840,000 last season.
January 23, 2008
Pssst, Tribe fans ... want to know the secret to an Indians reliever pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning for a save? It's as simple as 130 tugs on a baseball cap. That did the trick Friday night as the Tribe defeated the Detroit Tigers, 4-2. Down on the farm, Tribe affiliates combined to give up 59 runs and go 2-5. Akron swept a doubleheader, winning both with two outs in the bottom of the final inning.
August 25, 2006