Armando Benitez
45-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Marlins in June of 2010.
PFlorida Marlins  
July 15, 2010
Benitez has been released by the Marlins and is again a free agent, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
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He only tossed 6.2 innings at Triple-A New Orleans since being signed in June. He struck out five and walked five, and the scouts must have seen something that made his return to the majors improbable.
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Benitez struck out better than a batter an inning in 2007, but his control was awful and he didn't record a single save after his return to the Marlins. The 35-year-old has battled a succession of injuries the last few years, and while he should get a look this spring with a club in need of bullpen depth, Benitez's days of being entrusted with ninth inning leads are probably over.
For someone with a 3.51 ERA, Benitez had about as much of a maligned season as possible. Most of the criticism was deserved, however, because he pitched rather poorly, posting an awful 31:21 K:BB over 38.1 IP. He also blew nearly a third of his save opportunities, missing eight chances in 25. He's still only 34 years old and has a career 2.95 ERA, but over the last two seasons with the Giants, he's been constantly hurt and has a putrid 54:37 K:BB. Benitez is a candidate to bounce back, but expect the Giants to at least bring in closer alternatives with his health and reliability such question marks. His arthritic knees are particularly troubling.
Benitez came back very quickly from a torn groin muscle, so you can take his '05 line with a grain of salt. He's a solid second-tier closer who hasn't really pitched poorly since 1995.
For the first time in his career Benitez failed to strike out a batter an inning -- and it didn't matter, as he set career highs in virtually every other category. The declining K rate continues to be a warning flag, and expecting a repeat of that ERA and WHIP would be foolish, but he should still rack of his share of saves with the Giants.
Benitez will close for the Marlins and will try to return to his former elite status. He saved 21 games last season but only had one save opportunity (which he blew) in the last two months after he was traded to Seattle, his third team of 2003. Benitez entered last year having converted 117 of 129 save opportunities in the previous three season, a 90.7% save percentage, best in the majors. His 2003 season only enhanced his perception as combustible closer, as he blew eight save opportunities. His K:BB was less than 2:1, after posting a 3:1 ratio in 2002.
Ignore his reputation as a closer who can't come through in the clutch – when it comes to blown saves, a New York minute apparently lasts an entire career. In actuality, Benitez has converted 117 of 129 save opportunities, a 90.7% save percentage, best in the majors. Benitez's strikeout rate remains superb, and he even improved his control last year. Some reputations die hard.
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PFlorida Marlins  
June 24, 2010
Benitez has signed a minor league deal with the Marlins, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
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PFree Agent  
June 24, 2010
The Marlins plan to sign Benitez and assign him to Triple-A New Orleans, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
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PFree Agent  
April 25, 2010
Benitez will begin the 2010 season with the Newark Bears, the Star Ledger reports.
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PHouston Astros  
August 22, 2009
Benitez signed a minor league contract with the Astros on Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
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PToronto Blue Jays  
June 7, 2008
Benitez was designated for assignment on Saturday.
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