Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore Orioles have signed infielder year contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal includes a vesting option for 2014.
Betemit split the 2011 season with Kansas City and Detroit, and batted a combined .285 with eight homers and 46 runs batted in over 97 games. The 30- year-old switch-hitter batted .303 in 263 plate appearances from the left side.
In nine seasons with the Braves, Dodgers, Yankees, White Sox, Royals and Tigers, the Dominican native has a career average of .269 with 63 homers and 243 runs batted in.
The Orioles cleared room on the 40-man roster by designating pitcher Rick Vandenhurk for assignment. The 26-year-old right-hander had an earned run average of 8.00 in four games for the Orioles last season and was 9-13 with a 4.43 ERA in 26 starts at Triple-A Norfolk.