Shop Fantasy Central Golf Guide Email Travel Subscribe SI About Us Baseball - MLB Fantasy All-Time Stats Minors College World Baseball

 
  U.S. SPORTS
  baseball
scores
probables
schedules
standings
stats
injuries
transactions
players
teams
scoreboards
pro football S
col. football S
pro basketball S
m. college bb S
w. college bb S
hockey S
golf plus S
tennis S
soccer S
motor sports
olympic sports
women's sports
more sports
 WORLD SPORT

EVENTS
 Sportsman of the Year
 Heisman Trophy
 Swimsuit 2001

CENTERS
 Fantasy Central
 Inside Game
 Multimedia Central
 Statitudes
 Your Turn
 Message Boards
 Email Newsletters
 Golf Guide
 Cities
 Work in Sports

CNNSI.com GROUP
 Sports Illustrated
 Life of Reilly
 Television
 SI Women
 SI for Kids
 Press Room
 TBS/TNT Sports
 CNN Languages

COMMERCE
 SI Customer Service
 SI Media Kits
 Get into College
 Sports Memorabilia
 TeamStore

Closing the deal

Benitez agrees to 4-year, $22 million contract with Mets

Click here for more on this story

Posted: Thursday February 17, 2000 11:03 AM

  Armando Benitez Armando Benitez fanned 128 batters in just 78 innings last season. Ezra O. Shaw/Allsport

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Reliever Armando Benitez and the New York Mets agreed Thursday to a $22 million, four-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Benitez, who made $2,037,500 last season, had asked for $4.9 million and had been offered $3.25 million. He had 22 saves last year, going 4-3 with a 1.43 ERA in 77 games.

On Wednesday, Benitez was a no-show as the Mets began workouts.

"It wasn't a ploy or anything, just a miscommunication," Mets general manager Steve Phillips said.

Apparently, Benitez's agent told Mets media relations director Jay Horwitz that his client wouldn't report until after his scheduled arbitration hearing in Tampa.

Bobby Valentine wasn't upset with Benitez's absence.

"It's just one of those things you live with," the manager said. "Personally, I'd just rather have him here with the group."

All other pitchers and catchers were in camp Wednesday, including reliever Turk Wendell, who reported a day late because of the birth of his son.

Valentine was pleasantly surprised by the condition of at least two of his starting pitchers, including right-hander Bobby J. Jones, on the disabled list from last May through September because of a strained rotator cuff.

"He looks like he did a couple of years ago in spring training, and he threw pain-free and pretty efficiently," Valentine said.

Left-hander Al Leiter, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, also came under Valentine's scrutiny.

"I think it's very important that he's healthy enough to make his 30-plus starts and make them all credible," Valentine said. "He looks in better shape."

Leiter didn't take part in postpractice running. Also skipping it were pitcher Paul Wagner, who has a stiff back, and catcher Todd Pratt.


 
Related information
Stories
Benitez a no-show before arbitration hearing
Rivera closing in on arbitration hearing
Multimedia
Visit Multimedia Central for the latest audio and video
Search our site Watch CNN/SI 24 hours a day

Sports Illustrated and CNN have combined to form a 24 hour sports news and information channel. To receive CNN/SI at your home call your cable operator or DirecTV.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


CNNSI Copyright © 2000
CNN/Sports Illustrated
An AOL Time Warner Company.
All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.