Kris Benson Is “100 Percent,” Has Thrown For Two Teams

Gregg Clifton, the agent for right-hander Kris Benson, tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that Benson is recovered from the arm injuries that has plagued him for the last three years and should be signed "within the next few weeks."  Benson has had throwing sessions for two clubs, though Clifton didn't identify who the two interested teams were.

Benson spent the 2007 season recovering from rotator cuff surgery on his throwing arm.  He spent 2008 pitching in the Phillies' minor league system (making it as high as Triple-A) and then joined the Rangers in 2009.  The veteran righty battled elbow tendinitis and pitched in just eight games for Texas last season, posting an 8.46 ERA.

Even at full strength, don't expect a whole lot from Benson; his career ERA+ is exactly 100 and his last standout season came all the way back in 2000 (3.85 ERA, 2.14 K/BB ratio).  Morosi speculates that Benson could be a target for teams who missed out on Ben Sheets, naming the Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Mariners, Nationals and Reds as possible suitors.  Wherever Benson goes, look for him to sign a minor-league contract that would top out at around $1MM including incentives.

15 Responses to Kris Benson Is “100 Percent,” Has Thrown For Two Teams Leave a Reply

  1. RiverKKiller999 6 years ago

    1 of the teams wouldn’t happen to be the Mets would it??

  2. Kris Benson will never return to the Mets… not as long as that succubus is attached to him.

  3. coolstorybro222 6 years ago

    Omar is such a moron I wouldn’t expect him to sign him to a minor league deal.

    • So Omar is a moron if he doesn’t sign a 35 year old pitcher who hasn’t even been healthy or league average in four years, and who also has an annoying, self centered wife who forced him out of NY the first time? That makes him a moron?

      Fail on your part.

      • I think his point was that Omar wouldn’t sign him to a minor league deal, he’d sign him to a major league deal.

        Don’t worry, reading comprehension is hard. 😉

  4. DetroitTigers24 6 years ago

    Hey do you guys know who is sweet? CEDRIC Benson of the Cincinnati Bengals. KRIS Benson is horrible

    • Definitely. I always wondered though why people seemed to act like he was a good pitcher back in the day. Even at his best, he was never all that good but he seemed to be in high demand.

      • DetroitTigers24 6 years ago

        I totally agree with you. His best season was a 3.85 ERA. Thats like a 4th starter but he seems to get a lot of attention for some reason

  5. Kind of hope the Cubs stay away from him. Even if he’s healthy he’s not very good. Seems like the kind of project that Boston or St. Louis might want to take on but given the limited upside I doubt either are interested.

  6. ryan9999 6 years ago

    Benson is DONE!! I saw him pitch for Texas last year, and it was almost sad to watch it. No fastball, and his control is questionable, missing UP a lot. That’s a recipe for disaster, buyer BEWARE….

  7. Fredschickenshack 6 years ago

    I’d like to sign his wife for a minor league deal and bring her to NY..other then that.. passs

  8. Infield Fly 6 years ago

    Kris Benson Is “100 Percent”Well, you know…100% of nothing is still zero.Next please.

    • Awesome. I was thinking the same thing. Like “Hmm… Kris, it’s nice to see you at 100%, but that was still mediocre. Can you maybe up it to 200% or so?”

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    start_wearing_purple 6 years ago

    I thought that was the reason to sign Benson

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