Royals sign Yuniesky Betancourt

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yuniesky Betancourt is back with the Kansas City Royals after agreeing to a one-year contract.

The deal was announced Tuesday.

Betancourt, who played for the Royals from 2009-10, started at shortstop for the NL Central champion Milwaukee Brewers last season, batting .252 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs. Kansas City has Alcides Escobar at shortstop, so Betancourt will provide versatility and experience off the bench. He will back up Escobar while providing a right-handed bat behind Mike Moustakas at third base.

Betancourt was part of the trade that sent pitcher Zack Greinke from the Royals to the Brewers for Escobar, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and right-handed pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi.

Milwaukee declined a $6 million option on Betancourt for next season.