Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Kris Benson Out for the Season

I was saddened by the news that Kris Benson will probably miss the entire 2007 season with a torn rotator cuff. I was saddened by this news for two reasons:

1. Benson has traditionally done awful against the Red Sox (going 0-2 in 3 starts with a whopping 10.91 ERA)

2. Benson being out probably also means a lower profile for his wife Anna (pictured opposite).

The injury comes at a very bad time for Benson who is in the final year of his contract. I would look for him to rehab this year and then sign a one-year deal for 2008 to prove he can still pitch (similar to Matt Clement's situation). When Benson signed his 3-year $22.5 million contract - people were aghast at the money but after the drunken sailor spending on pitchers this off-season - Benson's contract looks reasonable in hindsight.

The Orioles signed Steve Trachsel to take Benson's spot.

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