Saturday, March 24, 2007

Armando Benitez Warns Trading Him a Mistake

Nominal Giants closer Armando Benitez won't be surprised if he is traded, but warns that the team will regret it.

"I understand the situation. I (won't) be (ticked) off," Benitez said in remarks quoted by Medianews in Saturday's edition of the Times Standard in Eureka, Calif. "I've been in this business for 13 years. It wouldn't be the first time I've been traded. But it'd be a mistake."

Though he has struggled over the past two seasons, at least partly due to injuries, Benitez said is healthy and predicted he will return to form this year. The Giants are considering moving reliever Brian Wilson to the closer's role if Benitez can be moved, though Wilson has had a poor spring, leaving the team with few other options.

Still, Benitez remains on the block, as evidenced by scouts from the Marlins and Mariners closely monitoring his performances.