Re: Benson for Julio?
- From: mm <mthunos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 22:23:19 -0500
In article <d2f$438fa9c8$4232a237$7173@xxxxxxxxx>,
"Met-in-PR" <orb@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Will you make the deal. Does this mean, the Mets may go after Vazquez to
> replace him? From the POST:
> METS COULD DEAL BENSON
> FOR O'S JULIO
> By KEVIN KERNAN
> December 1, 2005 -- EXCLUSIVE
> Season tickets are on sale, and so is one Mets pitcher.
> The Mets are moving toward dealing starter Kris Benson to the Orioles for
> reliever Jorge Julio, sources have told The Post.
> It is a trade that makes sense for both teams and could be consummated at
> the winter meetings, which begin next week in Dallas.
> With the improvement of Aaron Heilman, the Mets have a surplus of starting
> pitchers and have been looking to deal Benson. Omar Minaya is reshaping the
> Mets, and Benson is not a pitcher Minaya acquired.
> "It's not done yet but it could be finalized at the meetings," a source said
> last night.
> A second source confirmed the two sides are in "concrete" talks to finalize
> the trade. The Orioles need pitching, especially a veteran starter, and
> Benson, who turned 31 on Nov. 7, fits the bill.
> Benson came to the Mets in a trade with the Pirates on July 30, 2004. The
> Mets sent Ty Wigginton, Jose Bautista and Matt Peterson to the Pirates for
> Benson and Jeff Keppinger. Benson went 12-12 overall that season then became
> a free agent. He was re-signed by the Mets to a three-year deal worth $22.5
> Benson was 10-8 last season with a 4.13 ERA.
> The Mets want Julio because they are rebuilding their bullpen. They've
> already gotten the biggest piece of the puzzle in place, free-agent closer
> Billy Wagner, who signed a four-year, $43 million deal this week.
> But the Mets need arms to get to Wagner.
> Julio is a hard thrower who can become a strong setup man. The 26-year-old
> struggled last season with a 3-5 mark and a 5.90 ERA. In each of the three
> previous seasons, Julio was a closer; he compiled 83 saves for the Orioles.
> His out pitch is a four-seam fastball that he fires in the 96-98 mph range.
> He also throws a slider. Julio gets himself in trouble when he tries to
> overthrow. As a result, he loses his release point and his control.
> He walked 39 batters in 2004 over 69 innings. Last season, he walked 24
> batters over 712/3 innings.
> Benson is a solid starter but never has quite reached his potential. He was
> the overall No. 1 pick in the 1996 draft.
Hmmm. Julio sounds like a guy Petersen can fix in 12 minutes. I think
I'd pass on him
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