Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Kris Benson - Phuture Phillie?

The Orioles declined former Bucco Kris Benson's $7.5 million option.

Benson did not pitch in '07 because he had surgery in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff.

Benson never lived up to being the first overall pick in the '96 draft. [Of note, very weak draft that year.] However, he hasn't been a horrible pitcher. He has a lifetime 4.34 ERA.

Negatives to signing Benson:
1) Unknown status of current injury.
2) History of elbow AND shoulder problems show lack of durability.
3) Likely couldn't pitch out of bullpen if needed.

Positives to signing Benson:
1) Given injury history, will likely get a low base salary, incentive laden deal.
2) It's good to have rotation depth (see: Phillies '07)
3) Anna Benson, who as Wikipedia states, "is known for her large breasts, outspoken personality and being a "baseball wife"...who hates PETA, gun control organizations, and Michael Moore." I think I'm in love...



After weighing the positives and negatives, I say 4 years at 10-12 per year should do it...

Corey

17 comments:

GM-Carson said...

She is friggin' H-O-T!!!

GM-Carson said...

An unfortunate report from MLBTradeRumors.com- According to Rob Bradford of the Boston Herald, Curt Schilling and the Red Sox are close to an incentive-laden one-year contract. When reached for comment, Schilling said "something could potentially get done."

Bradford adds that the Astros, Diamondbacks, and Phillies have all contacted Schilling so far. That's surprising, because Schilling said today that the Phils hadn't contacted him. Or at least, Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr. hadn't.

*I honestly though Schill would be a Phillie in '08.

michael said...

dear god, i hope kris benson doesnt become a phil, talk about a waste of money.

furiousBall said...

Benson is not worth it. No. And by it, I mean any sum of money.

GreggyD said...

Benson is not worth it. I suppose he is low risk, high-reward if he gets an incentive laden deal. Anna Benson is definitely hot and we should offer her a contract as a ball girl. No doubt about it.

Sucks about Schilling. I knew he would go back to Boston if given the opportunity and he did. Oh well...the Phillies had better keep looking though and not just say "oh well, we tried."

GM-Carson said...

The free agent starting pitching market is slim. Kyle Lohse and Carlos Silva will be hot commodities for crying out loud.

We desperately need pitching. I'd still like to see a deal done for Dontrelle Willis, because I'm hoping the bounty to get him isn't ridiculous based on his horrendous '07.

Honestly- taking a flyer on a guy like Benson could end up being smart. Counting on him to be the 5th starter is stupid, but giving him a chance with an extremely low base salary and many incentives will probably work to some teams favor.

GM-Carson said...

Just read Lohse is looking for 4-5 years 10-11 million annually...wow, he's not that good.

Gillick needs to swoop in and start acquiring some pitching pronto.

GreggyD said...

Lohse is not that good, but he and his agent, the one and only Scott Boras, know the value of a starting pitcher in today's free agent market. It's going to be tough for any team to sign pitching. It just sucks that the market is so dry. Willis would still be a dream come true.

GM-Carson said...

I'd be really pissed if the Phils sign Carlos Silva like some reports are speculating. He is in the mold of Moyer and Kendrick- very low k's with many hits allowed. Kendrick worked his magic to get out of trouble last season, but that may not continue. Moyer's 5+ era shows that hits eventually catch up with you. Silva is good at times, but very easy to make contact off of, not worth a 4 year 40 million dollar investment.

Malcolm said...

I'd take Benson over 80 percent of the free agent class out there. I still back Colon, while most won't. No worries. The Phils aren't in a great position to trade for a starter, unless they can swing an outfielder in return, because they'll be giving up Vic or Bourn.

SirAlden said...

The Phillies need to make a bang not a whimper this off-season, so they do not betray this once in a lifetime opportunity or Rollins - Utley - Howard - Hamels.

We will see.

BenJah said...

i think she's busted!

don't sign him

it's interesting reading that draft list. what a lousy year. even the good players from that draft have been underachievers overall (kotsay, e. chavez, milton and meche).

Bob D said...

Romero should be signed right away. Hopefully the Phils can get Schilling before he resigns with Boston. However, that signing for Boston does not make alot of sense as they have Lester and Bucholtz waiting and ready for their rotation. Unless they are making some trading chips for the offseason.

Another thought for 3rd base: Johnny Peralta from Cleveland. Many scouts believe he would be a better 3rd baseman as his fielding is not so great at SS. Cleveland is shopping him and are looking for a corner outfielder. So there is a possibility. Also he could be the backup SS. Not bad for someone who could hit 25-30 Hrs at the cit.

Bob D said...

I didn't see that Schilling had already re-signed. I also see more rumors for Fuentes and the Phillies floating around.

Mike said...

I really thought Schill would be a Phillie also.

I'd like to see them go after Clement and/or Prior with an incentive-laden contract offer.

Riske as a middle reliever, and Kobayashi as closer (Myers back to rotation) would be good also.

On Dollar Dog night, Kobayashi could compete with fans during the early innings, before heading out to the bullpen later to get ready for save opps.

Bob D said...

Kobayashi is a good choice, they would not lose any draft picks. He would likely cost a fortune but new Philly owner/Billionare should be able to kick in some $$$$.

GM-Carson said...

The Phils really need to start diving into the Asian market, and trying their luck with some of these Japanese players. There are supposedly a lot of pitchers from Japan available this offseason. Hopefully the Phils could sign a good one- not a Fat Toad like Hideki Irabu.