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Ah, Benitez

The story that just won't quit.

Embattled closer Armando Benitez has told teammates that he wants a change of scenery, but Sabean said it's unlikely the club would trade him until he proves his health by throwing off a mound.


The Giants have talked with Florida Marlins officials, who would welcome back Benitez and even take $1 million to $2 million of his $7.6 million salary. According to an industry source, Florida would consider giving up young right-hander Yusmeiro Petit.

Assuming he can throw off the mound with some success, i.e. he regains most of his projected velocity and his off-speed pitch is about to up to par for him.  I don't have a problem with the Marlins spending a $1 million or so bucks on the chance that he might regain his 2004 form.  I don't think it will happen but, hey, it's not my money.  However, to include Petit in the deal is just plain wrong.  If the Marlins are looking to trade Petit, and I think they will eventually, the organization can do a lot better than wasting that asset on the pipe dream that is Benitez.