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News Roundup: Kris Benson Signs with Phillies

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-P- Kris Benson has signed a minor league deal with Philadelphia, where he'll compete for the last spot in the rotation. It doesn't seem possible that Benson has actually been an above-average pitcher over the course of his career - his career ERA+ is 102.

-P- This has been discussed on message boards some already, but anyway: Will Carroll has a report on the Pirates' health (subscription only) over at Baseball Prospectus. I contributed a couple little things to the article as well. The controversial bit concerns Tom Gorzelanny, whose usage at the end of last year Carroll describes as "one of the single worst abuses of a pitcher I've ever seen."

-P- Pat points out that the Bucs are trying to make history this year.