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Washupdate: Benson signs with Dbacks; Villone released by Nats

Mar 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

And now the latest from the world of pitchers who people kinda thought were good a few years ago:

  • Kris Benson has signed with the Diamondbacks. It’s a minor league deal. If he makes the club he’ll get $650,000 plus games-started incentives.  This is obviously Brandon Webb insurance. Which is probably a better situation for Benson than signing a minor league deal elsewhere (the Nats were vaguely interested a few weeks ago). With Webb likely starting the season on the DL he stands a good chance of making the team and getting a chance to audition for a another job if and when the Dbacks are done with him; also
  • The Nationals have released Ron Villone. Between this and the Eddie Guerrero Guardado thing (sorry; wrestling on the mind today), it’s been a rough week for ancient lefties in Nats camp. Villone, you no doubt recall, was named in the Mitchell Report and famously refused to respond to the allegations. No doubt the Nats’ decision to release him was based on part of the ongoing “Ron Villone must come clean” media circus.

Wow, quite a day for journeyman pitchers. We’re one Jarrod Washburn rumor away from a palooka trifecta!  Zoinks!

  1. jwb - Mar 15, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    So the aging leftie bullpen dude role in Washington falls to. . . Mike Venafro? “Vaccine leader”

  2. gumbercules - Mar 15, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Eddie Guerrero? Isn’t he a deceased WWF star?

  3. Bear - Mar 15, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Eddie Guerrero? Isn’t he a deceased WWF star?
    I wouldn’t use the term star, but yes a deceased WWF/WWE wrestler.

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