12/21/2003 08:14:00 PM
The Florida Marlins have signed Armondo Benitez to be their closer for 2004. The Fish have given him a one year deal at $3.5 mil as they were afraid the Braden Looper would command a bigger salary if they went thru the arbitration process with him. So it would be no surprise if Looper ends up with the Mets as their closer.
The Marlins have stated that they are out of the Vladimir Gurerreo race as the do not have the cash to make an offer. So I think that just leaves the Birds of Baltimore as the only suitor for Vlady's services. Hummm.... How much will it take to get his name on the dotted line? I wonder if the Duke and the Skill Sets are happy or pissed as all hell that Vlady is not been courted by any other team ?