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Postby Madison » Fri Dec 12, 2003 12:34 pm

Armando Benitez - R - Seattle Mariners Dec 12

The Marlins appear to have made Armando Benitez their top choice to replace Ugueth Urbina in the closer's role.
According to agent Mike Powers, there are four teams pursuing Benitez, two from each league. All four of the teams would want him as a closer. He wouldn't mention the teams, but our guess is that the American League clubs are the Blue Jays and Devil Rays, with the Twins also a possibility. The other National League club could be the Rockies. Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel



Ugueth Urbina - R - Florida Marlins Dec 12

The Twins will meet with free-agent closer Ugueth Urbina this weekend.
Acquiring a closer appears to be the priority for the Twins, but they're also looking for a fourth starter (a hole they could fill in a Jacque Jones trade) and a backup catcher. Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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Re: A couple of closer notes

Postby bell » Fri Dec 12, 2003 12:44 pm

Madison wrote:Armando Benitez - R - Seattle Mariners Dec 12

The Marlins appear to have made Armando Benitez their top choice to replace Ugueth Urbina in the closer's role.
According to agent Mike Powers, there are four teams pursuing Benitez, two from each league. All four of the teams would want him as a closer. He wouldn't mention the teams, but our guess is that the American League clubs are the Blue Jays and Devil Rays, with the Twins also a possibility. The other National League club could be the Rockies. Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

8-o :-o In that case just re-sign Looper!
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Postby trevisc » Fri Dec 12, 2003 1:00 pm

doesn't make much sense to me. Seems like it would cost them twice as much to get Benitez then it would be to have looper. either way i'd say Benitez' is not a top choice with his nasty WHIP.
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Postby Area51's » Fri Dec 12, 2003 1:08 pm

First time in a while Benitez will be undervalued. In the right situation he can be devistatingly nasty. He would be a PERFECT fit for FLA, and not a bad fit in a few places.

A HUGE upgrade over Looper who pitches way over his talent's head. Thats because he's "a looper...you know...a jock" :-B :-B
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Fri Dec 12, 2003 1:23 pm

trevisc wrote:doesn't make much sense to me. Seems like it would cost them twice as much to get Benitez then it would be to have looper. either way i'd say Benitez' is not a top choice with his nasty WHIP.


his whip last year was 1.30, not stellar for a reliever. however, since 1998 he has a cumulative era of 2.85, a cumulative whip of 1.13, and 12.1 strikeouts per 9. i think benitez is being undervalued. he has had a pretty solid career and slice off a month and last year wasnt that bad either.

it doesnt seem like too many teams are in a hurry to sign him so he could be relatively cheap.
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Postby Lofunzo » Sat Dec 13, 2003 4:23 pm

On a non-contender, he could be nice. For a contending team, he scares me. He has always done poorly in big games.
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Postby Brandaddy » Sat Dec 13, 2003 8:14 pm

i heard the Dbacks and Twins made a deal sending Mantei to Min for Jacque Jones.

this ups Valverdes fantasy value if Mantei leaves.
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