The Yanks are in dire need of a setup man, minus Steve Karsay for the season, and may have inquired about such closers as Billy Koch, Armando Benitez, and Mike Williams to setup. That's always a killer for fantasy owners.
You would think that Benitez would be a little too expensive for them to get as a setup man, but the other guys could well be up for grabs. I would think Williams and Escobar are the most likely candidates, because the Jays are dying to get rid of Escobar and the Pirates want to dump Williams' contract.
Here is what RotoWorld.com is reporting on Benitez:
Armando Benitez - R - New York Mets May 24
The New York Daily News says there is a report that the Yankees have inquired about Armando Benitez.
Mets' GM Steve Phillips would not comment. The Yankees are looking for ways to replace Steve Karsay. Benitez would lose nearly all value in such a deal unless Mariano Rivera got hurt. If Benitez is traded and Scott Strickland has elbow surgery, the Mets could have a free-for-all for save opportunities among Mike Stanton, David Weathers, and even John Franco. Source: New York Daily News
Since Benitez is my primary closer, this makes me very nervous. Should I consider trading him away in case this happens? I can't get Foulke, Sasaki, Percival or Wagner for him. The best I could hope to get would be like Jose Mesa or Billy Koch.
I wouldn't worry too much yet. The Yankees are always inquiring about players even if you don't hear about it. I'll bet there's at least 10 other guys the Yanks are looking at, and that's just relief pitchers.
Wouldn't it be ironic if The Yankees got Benitez, people gave up on Benitez, and then Rivera got hurt again making Benitez the closer?