Kris Benson’s Oriole career is done. After playing one season with the O’s and one season on the DL, the O’s declined his 7.5 Million dollar option for next season. It makes sense. Part of me thinks, 7.5 million for a starter isn’t that bad of a price. But…he sat out for a year with a torn labrum, he’s 32 years old, and let’s face it…Kris Benson has not been the player he was touted to be. The topic was discussed at Camden Chat today and the word used to describe Benson was a ‘bust.’ It’s true.
Since I live about 30 minutes away from Clemson University and am a big fan of the Tigers, I saw Benson when he was playing in college. He was supposed to be the next big thing. The Pirates drafted him 1st overall and he’s been nothing but medicore for his career. Here’s the stats to back me up. 68-73 career record should be proof enough.
That being said, a team could do a lot worse for a 4th or 5th starter than Benson, barring he can stay healthy. I really thought that he would have really got it all together with Leo Mazzone. It really didn’t happen with a 11-12 record in 2006, but he did get screwed over by the bullpen alot that year. But then again, most Oriole pitchers can lay claim to that.
Happy trails to you Kris Benson and your fetching wife. Here’s hoping you land somewhere and can finally pitch like a number 1 draft pick.