The Diamondbacks reached an agreement with pitcher Kris Benson on a minor league deal, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Benson will receive $650K plus $100K of start-based incentives if he's in the big leagues. He also drew interest from the Nationals this winter.
Benson, 35, had rotator cuff surgery in March of '07. He's tallied 163 pro innings since then, most of them unimpressive minor league frames in the Rangers and Phillies organizations.
Benson auditioned for the D'Backs recently, and his agent Gregg Clifton said he was sitting in the 88-89 range. Benson worked at 90 mph with the Mets and Orioles in the two years prior to his injury.