God, Please Let This Happen


Word on the street is that the Sox are interested.

Who knows? Maybe this would actually be a decent pick up. I haven’t given it much thought. But my first reaction is that this guy would be eaten alive in Fenway.

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  • Benitez, who was behind other relievers because of the tendinitis in both knees and a bout with the flu …
    … one scout noticed his lower half didn’t seem totally right. Hamstring surgery in 2005 and an arthritic right knee in 2006 cut short Benitez’s only seasons in San Francisco.

    Yeah, let’s not do this, k?

    Paul SF March 13, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • I’m more than a little annoyed at the Red Sox open try outs for closer this spring, I mean, do I get a shot?
    Oh and I will pass on this guy too.

    LocklandSF March 13, 2007, 5:07 pm
  • Gimpy knee’d closer…Didn’t we have that the last two years with Foulke?
    I really don’t see this happening, unless the Sox can get the Giants pay all but the major league minimum portion of his salary.
    Plus, Nick is correct, he would be eviscerated in Fenway (possibly literally), given how he has pitched in the last couple of years, and what they may have to give up to get him.

    VicSF March 13, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • And the hits just keep coming…
    “Red Sox manager Terry Francona told NESN’s Jerry Remy that Julian Tavarez would likely be his closer if the season opened tomorrow.”

    LocklandSF March 13, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • JOY!

    Nick-YF March 13, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • Does anyone seriously think the team would let Tavarez close? Come on.
    On top of that, I fail to take seriously a report written in a SF paper. Benitez is potentially worse than everyone in our pen, and that’s including Julian. No way they’d actually pay something in return for him.
    They’re probably just trying to make other teams draw interest.

    Steve March 13, 2007, 5:29 pm
  • If this goes through, the Yanks should pick up some of his salary!

    yankeemonkey March 13, 2007, 5:49 pm
  • During the Sox-O’s game, Remy kept talking about how Tavarez would be his choice if the season opened tomorrow. Is there some unintentional conflation going on there?

    Paul SF March 13, 2007, 5:51 pm
  • I think it’s because Tavarez is A. a vet, and B…well that’s all I got. I might be nuts here, but I’m starting to think Snyder might be an option if he throws well out of the pen for the rest of the spring. They won’t hand him the job from the start, but he K’s a lot of guys and is off to a great start. (7.2 IP, 2 ER, 7K) Not sure how many walks, though…Out of options, so if he keeps it up I bet he makes the team and could at least try to pitch his way into the 9th through April.

    desturbd1 March 13, 2007, 6:02 pm
  • Wait, is it April 1st?
    (Please, let it be April 1st…)

    SF March 13, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Great pic choice, Nick. That pretty much sums up Benitez perfectly. It seemed like every game he pitched for the Mets ended in a sweaty pile of disappointment, like Ron Jeremy without his Viagra.

    SF March 13, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • You know, you look at Benitez’s stats and he had some good years. But I think he’s been pretty much despised by every fan base he has played for. There’s something about his body language that turns people off. And the sweat.

    Nick-YF March 13, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • He had an amazing season in Florida, one of a string of damn good closer seasons by has-beens. Benitez, Jones, Borowski. Florida really is where old retiring guys go to have one last hurrah. Foulke shoulda gone there.

    Andrew March 13, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • You shouldn’t go arounf hurling visual images around like that SF, someone could get hurt… or sick.

    bloodyank78 March 13, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • “around”

    bloodyank78 March 13, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • I still say Donnelly for closer. I think of the popular ‘options’ he’s the best shot.

    Dionysus March 13, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • I too would try Donnelly for starters.
    (The only thing I can think of as far as Tito proposing The Orc as closer is that he’s gaming Theo with that comment… into buying him a brand new spanking closer, fast.)

    Husdon March 13, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • ESPN radio is saying the sox have made some calls regarding lidge and linebrink.

    sf rod March 14, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • Good news. Boston official says there has been no discussion with San Francisco regarding Benitez. Theo also says that he doesn’t think there will be any major move for a closer before the season starts, and there are no conversations going on right now with any other club.

    desturbd1 March 14, 2007, 6:06 pm
  • I don’t want Lidge unless he comes cheap. I’d give them Murphy and a B-level guy, but not Wily Mo or Hansen.
    Lidge’s value just isn’t that high right now. He can still strike guys out with the best of them, but he hasn’t proven he’s got his total command back, and that high ERA in a weak-hitting NL is scary.
    I know that Houston will ask for Wily Mo along with Hansen, Buchholz, or Cox and maybe a 3rd guy, and Theo should laugh at that.

    Steve March 14, 2007, 6:21 pm
  • Also worth noting that since his first-game blowup, Pineiro’s been throwing extremely well. Over his last 4 appearances (5 IP), he’s allowed 0 R, 4 H, and 1 BB while striking out 4. Good sign, at least.

    desturbd1 March 14, 2007, 6:32 pm
  • Benitez: na ga ha pa

    mattymatty March 14, 2007, 11:43 pm

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