Nationals Have Interest In Kris Benson

TUESDAY, 7:33pm: Ladson reports (via Twitter) that the team and Benson's agent haven't spoken yet because both sides have been busy working on Brian Bruney's arbitration case. Bruney and Benson share an agent.

SATURDAY, 12:01pm: The Nationals have not confirmed their interest in Benson according to Ladson, however they did attend his "impressive workouts" over the last few weeks.

FRIDAY, 3:18pm: The Nationals have some interest in free agent righty Kris Benson, tweets MLB.com's Bill Ladson. GM Mike Rizzo and Benson's agent Gregg Clifton are hoping to meet early next week after a snow storm got in the way this week (link goes to Twitter).

Benson, 35, is apparently 100% after battling arm injuries for the better part of the last three seasons. In 22.1 innings for the Rangers last season, he allowed 23 runs with more walks (12) than strikeouts (11). It was his first big league action since 2006. As long as they don't guarantee him a roster spot, there's nothing wrong with seeing what Benson has to offer in Spring Training.


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21 Comments on "Nationals Have Interest In Kris Benson"


osfan3000
5 years 6 months ago

ehhhhhhh. id rather not. hes not getting any younger. i remember when he played for the O’s. He should tryout for the Bad News Bears.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

I guess they want to get their DL started early.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah I agree. Last year he said he was 100% healthy and he ended up giving the Rangers about 20 points added to their team ERA. In terms of money, I would take Looper over Benson.

DetroitTigers24
5 years 6 months ago

I remember it like it was yesterday… opening day 2009 at Comerica Park, Miguel Cabrera crushed a grand slam of this joker. You should of seen this pitch. It was nothing. It was right down the middle at what seemed like 70 MPH. It was almost like a lob. Kris Benson has absolutely nothing left in the tank. In no way can he help any team not even the Nationals. I dont care if he is 100%, he is still horrible and will be horrible for the rest of his career

ryan9999
5 years 6 months ago

I’m a Phillie fan, but I remember watching that game at the bar. I just happened to be off that day, and took in some golf.

Benson’s performance that day was the worst outing of any major league pitcher I’ve seen since Glavine on the last day of the season in ’07.

Benson made it through the Detroit lineup once, and I think that was only because the Tigers couldn’t believe he was tossing them such meat-ball. Benson had no velocity, couldn’t locate his breaking stuff, and missed high/mid all day. I said it that day, he’s done..

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Alright kids remember to long toss because if you can throw 95 MPH, you can latch on to MLB teams forever.

HalfSt
5 years 6 months ago

This provides no more thrill than the signing of Shawn Estes, but I think at least that Benson and Estes and Batista are a little more believable than some of the retreads we tried in the last couple of years.

susasskuash
5 years 6 months ago

But this time I’m sure he will be in “the best shape of his career!” Just like every other player in ST around MLB… Sign his wife, Anna, for, um, “stress relief.” Leave Kris at home.

Holy_Roman_Emperor
5 years 6 months ago

Benson’s “impressive workouts”………………………….. He bench-pressed 190 lbs, he managed to jog at a slow trot across the entire length of the diamond…………… He threw the ball for 278 aggregate feet without his arm falling off, etc.

5 years 6 months ago

If Kris Benson keeps having “impressive workouts” maybe he should start looking at a career in bodybuilding. Because it’s pretty clear his days being a major league pitcher are done.

TwinsVet
5 years 6 months ago

Couldn’t agree more. I remember around 2003 the Twins were looking at him at the trade deadline. I gave his stats a long look then and was completely underwhelmed. It seems even in his prime he wasn’t much better than an average #4 pitcher.

Now his wife on the other hand…

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

Unfortunately for him, due to his stupidity & Anna’s greed, he has nothing left financially speaking. Made about 40 mil in his career & it’s all gone.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

Unfortunately for him, due to his stupidity & Anna’s greed, he has nothing left financially speaking. Made about 40 mil in his career & it’s all gone.

5 years 6 months ago

Just googled her… thank you!

osfan3000
5 years 6 months ago

hey bud calm down. Take the prescription ur doc has filled for u. We just call it as we see it. I saw him play for the O’s when they got him in a trade when he was suppose to become our ace. Boy did we get fooled. nothing impressive to me. 5th starter at best and he would have to be at 110%. Guys who collect money and stay on the DL for 75% of their career dont get much respect as pitchers.

5 years 6 months ago

Seriously? I mean, I’ve seen him pitch- though admittedly it was a while back when he was on the Mets. He was an solid pitcher then. Maybe even an above average pitcher. The issue was, he and much of baseball seemed to irrationally hold on to this believe that he was an ace. Or would be an ace. Somehow. Despite no obvious signs of reaching that level.

I think that much of the reaction against Kris is related to that overvaluation. I mean, here was his agent when he was signed to a record bonus:

“We felt Kris should be paid for what he is, the best pitcher ever to come out of college baseball.”
–Jack Toffey

And his wife, when he was traded from the Mets:
“They got a —- bag of balls for Kris. They didn’t get —-. Julio Jorge (sic) and John Maine. They traded a number-one stud pitcher who was 30 at the time, and they blame the red dress….If I were a Mets fan, I’d be beside myself.”

On the whole, I think I would prefer having John Maine, but to each his/her own.

I don’t necessarily think it’s Kris’s fault. He never seemed to hype himself up as much as his entourage did. But if you’re okay with having the hype, you have to expect with the backlash that will accompany it when it collapses.

5 years 6 months ago

Though if you’d like to see him have a great year, you can always watch his “Best of 2000″ box set? Not a lot of wins, but that wasn’t his fault- he had an excellent year.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

I imagine she’d fit in quite well actually w/ trashy Jersians.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

I imagine she’d fit in quite well actually w/ trashy Jersians.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

Unfortunately, yeah. I know a gal who grew up w/ Anna & her sister in Georgia. Just a hillbilly stripper & as they say a hillbilly stripper w/ money is a lot like a mule w/ a spinning wheel: nobody knows how he got it & danged if he knows how to use it.

ugen64
5 years 6 months ago

I was about to mention that trade. Glad those days are behind us.