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Marlins reacquire Benitez; send off Messenger to S.F.


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So we traded a 25 year old middle reliever for a 34 year old mediocre closer. We already had a closer. And if he faltered, another came off the DL today.

 

Messenger has been statistically better than Benetiz this year.

 

A move that really didnt need to be made IMO, them paying Benetiz's salary notwithstanding.

 

I like Messenger a lot more than most here, but he has an ugly 1.5 whip. Benitez is a slight upgrade, I'd say.

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I called it. It's Messenger per the Sun Sentinel. Good trade if only because I don't have to wath Randy pitch anymore.

 

 

:thumbup

 

and I called it before you...(see game thread) but since neither of us pulled the trigger on the deal it hardly matters.

 

btw, benitez was 7-7 in sv vs sv opportunities with a 2.00 era in april. he's had a lousy may but nothing like julio.

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I called it. It's Messenger per the Sun Sentinel. Good trade if only because I don't have to wath Randy pitch anymore.

 

 

:thumbup

 

and I called it before you...(see game thread) but since neither of us pulled the trigger on the deal it hardly matters.

 

btw, benitez was 7-7 in sv vs sv opportunities with a 2.00 era in april. he's had a lousy may but nothing like julio.

 

Ok...I can share the credit :)

 

Anyway, a free Benitez....even better.

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So we traded a 25 year old middle reliever for a 34 year old mediocre closer. We already had a closer. And if he faltered, another came off the DL today.

 

Messenger has been statistically better than Benetiz this year.

 

A move that really didnt need to be made IMO, them paying Benetiz's salary notwithstanding.

 

I like Messenger a lot more than most here, but he has an ugly 1.5 whip. Benitez is a slight upgrade, I'd say.

 

Messenger has a 1.43 WHIP. Benetiz is 1.44.

 

Messenger's ERA is 2.66. Benetiz is 4.67.

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As part of the deal, the Giants will pay the remainder of Benitez's $7.6 million salary this season, according to a source with knowledge of the trade.

 

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/6872914

 

so the marlins actually end up shaving payroll in this trade.

 

I forget how this works exactly but I think the Marlins are obligated to at least pay him the league minimum. I don't think it can be the Giants 100%. I could be wrong though.

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Benitez has a 4.67 ERA in 19 games (17 1/3 innings) with nine saves in 11 opportunities. More importantly, he has alienated himself from teammates and has become a negative force in the club house, leaving Giants general manager Brian Sabean no choice but to move him.

 

 

I posted this is the game thread as well. negative force in the clubhouse?

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Benitez has a 4.67 ERA in 19 games (17 1/3 innings) with nine saves in 11 opportunities. More importantly, he has alienated himself from teammates and has become a negative force in the club house, leaving Giants general manager Brian Sabean no choice but to move him.

 

 

I posted this is the game thread as well. negative force in the clubhouse?

 

I do like his 9 for 11 save opportunities. He was 9 for 10 as of two days ago.

 

I think he will do very well in a low pressure situation here on the marlins

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Wow I love this trade, Craig just broke the news on the game, and I opened my eyes real wide, because I was afraid that we had traded a pitching prospect, but Messenger? ...pffft lol

 

Benitez was money in the bank his last time with us, and I don't see why he can't do the same now. Now, if he can get back to that form, we will have a heck of a bullpen with Gregg setting up games and Benitez closing...nice trade! (btw Beinfest, THAT is who you should have gotten in the first place, instead of OMGJULIO.)

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