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UPDATE: The Nats are interested in Kris Benson

Feb 13, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

Update: According to Ladson, the Nationals have not confirmed their interest in Benson, although they did attend one of his recent workouts. Benson’s agent Gregg Clifton hopes to meet with general manager Mike Rizzo in Tampa next week, where arbitration hearings are scheduled to take place. Clifton also represents right-hander Brian Bruney, whose arbitration case is scheduled for Tuesday, so the two sides have some talking to do. Benson’s name will probably come up at some point, though he hasn’t pitched a full season since 2006.

Friday, 4:55 pm: Bill Ladson of MLB.com tweets that the Nationals are interested in Kris Benson and that Mike Rizzo and Benson’s agent are gonna have a cawfee and tawk about it next week.

I find it strange that the Nats are on record this winter saying that they want to bring in some innings-eating mediocrity of a starter — which they even once said was a “Livan Hernandez-type” — yet they haven’t called former Nat Livan Hernandez, who still sits out there unemployed and who figures to at least be way healthier than a guy like Benson.

  1. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Feb 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Um, Craig – you are aware that Bill Ladson is the fat kid in gym class among MLB.com reporters, right?

  2. jwb - Feb 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    FSS has Livan Hernandez signed with the Mets.
    http://www.forecaster.ca/demos/baseball/player.cgi?1318

  3. steve scott - Feb 13, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Ummmm… Please stop the rumors! Nats are NOT interested in KRIS Benson!

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