In a move that many Giants fans wish had come a lot earlier, Armando "Balk Machine" Benitez was finally traded away to the Florida Marlins. I think we got a pie in return. We definitely got the better end of that deal.
Benitez was 0-3 so far this year with 9 saves in 11 chances and a 4.67 ERA. His most notrious blown save came just a few days ago when he committed two balks against the Mets to bring in the tying run and then gave up the game winning gopher ball to Carlos Delgado.
Last week he also had the balls to call out San Francisco hitters for not producing. While he's certainly right about that, I'd like to call him out for balking away a game. It takes real talent to do that.
Even though we've now gotten rid of Benitez, he still haunts us. The Giants still owe him $4.7 million for the season on a $5 million plus contract. The Marlins will pay a little more than $300,000.
Man, what a waste of $4.7 million. It would have been better spent if I'd used it to wipe my ass.