Let's hope Benoit does well in Tampa

February, 16, 2010
2/16/10
3:34
PM CT
I've always been a Joaquin Benoit fan. He's a good guy and, at times, certainly showed some great stuff. It was disappointing that after such a solid 2007 season (he was named Rangers' pitcher of the year by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the BBWAA that year). He was 7-4 with a 2.85 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 82 innings. It helped him get a new contract (2 years, $6 million).

But a shoulder injury slowed him in 2008 and he didn't play in 2009. The Tampa Bay Rays are taking a chance on him for $750,000 if he makes the roster. He could earn another $500,000 in bonuses, according to this story in the St. Petersburg Times.

Let's hope Benoit bounces back with a great season.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.06 182 144
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 64
RA. Beltre 64
OPSA. Beltre .876
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182