dolfinfan305 Posted December 11, 2003 Share Posted December 11, 2003 Marlins after free-agent closer Benitez Staff & wire reports Posted December 11 2003 An industry source characterized the Marlins' pursuit of right-hander Armando Benitez as "hot and heavy." The Marlins are hoping to land the free-agent closer, believing he would thrive in South Florida's less frenzied media environment. Benitez spent all but a fraction of the past five seasons with the New York Mets and briefly the Yankees. After acquiring him on July 16 and watching him make nine appearances, the Yankees shipped Benitez to the Mariners. He finished the season in Seattle with a hold, a blown save and a 3.14 ERA in 15 games (14 1/3 innings). Benitez, 31, was all but burned in effigy every time he trotted out to the Shea Stadium mound last season. He totaled a career-worst seven blown saves in 28 opportunities. But Benitez still boasts a 3.03 lifetime ERA and career average of 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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