Giants Depart With Benitez

Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Giants have traded Armando Bernitez and cash to the Florida Marlins for right-hander Randy Messenger, a announcement that came following a 4-2 defeat against the Mets. Messenger is 1-1 record and 2.66 ERA this season. The Giants will be forced to pay 4.7 million of his remaining salary, so this is actually a very good deal for the Marlins, who only have to depart with Messenger. Not only is Benitez just 34, but he had his best year with the Marlins in 2004, and could turn his season around pitching where he is comfortable. This season, Benitez is 0-3 with a 4.67 ERA, with nine saves in 11 opportunities. His final mark was left on the Giants when he balked twice, and then gave up a walkoff homerun to Carlos Delgado to lose the game. Brian Sabean hinted following that game that a "renewal" of the bullpen was near.