#53 / Pitcher / Tampa Bay Rays
Jul 26, 1977
Those of us who remember Benoit's time in Texas are probably flabbergasted by this. Benoit is 33, a guy who was a prospect back when Doug Melvin was the g.m., a guy who had a good arm and showed potential, couldn't hack it as a starter, and then had success as a reliever in 2007 before struggling in 2008 and missing all of 2009 with an arm injury.
Benoit had a great season for the Rays in 2010, posting a 1.34 ERA in over 60 innings, striking out 75 and walking just 11.
He was a great deal for the Rays last year.
But $5.5 million per year? For Benoit? Who will be 36 when this deal expires?
If this and the John Buck deal are any indication, this is a great offseason to be a free agent.