Last week, Corey jokingly proposed signing 1st round pick gone bad Kris Benson. Benson has battled injuries lately, has never lived up to the hype of being a 1st round draft choice, and has the media attention stolen from him by his bodacious bodied wife Anna. I know I may be in the minority, but I'd like a cheap fallback plan that doesn't include JA Happ or Zach Segovia if/when someone gets hurt from the rotation or sucks immensely (i.e. Adam Eaton). Therefore, I too endorse the signing of Kris Benson to a low guaranteed sum with incentives for reaching innings pitched. I say throw $2 million on the table with perks for reaching 100 innings and then every 25 innings thereafter. Reliable ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney had this to say about the potential bargain that is Kris Benson- He's probably never going to be a star, and any team that signs him will have to endure a few days of Anna Benson publicity. But before he had surgery last spring, Benson had been a fairly steady No. 4 and No. 5 type of starter. In eight seasons, he had one year with an ERA better than 4.00, and no year in which he had an ERA worse than 4.97. A Cy Young candidate? Probably not. Someone who will save you from relying on too many kids from Double-A? Absolutely, when healthy. *Since the Phils reportedly only have $10 million left to spend this offseason, I am in favor of picking up Benson because we are not at a loss should he not materialize into a useful commodity, but if he does lock down the 5th spot in the rotation and perform to career norms then we have ourselves a steal.
P.S. The title "Ho-Ho-Ho" is in reference to Benson being a possible early Christmas present for the Phils, in now way is it directed at his wife pictured there on Santa's lap (*wink*wink*).