Marlins Release Armando Benitez

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald tweets that veteran reliever Armando Benitez was released by Florida's Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans.  Benitez was signed by the Marlins last month for his third go-around with the club and managed a 2.70 ERA in 6 2/3 relief innings for New Orleans, but his peripheral numbers (a 6.8 BB/9 ratio and a 1.65 WHIP) weren't impressive. 

Benitez, 37, hasn't pitched in the majors since appearing in eight games for Toronto in 2008.  His last outstanding season came, coincidentally, with Florida in 2004, when he racked up a league-best 47 saves and a miniscule 1.29 ERA.  Since that great campaign, however, Benitez has a 4.61 ERA in 125 major league innings.



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