NEWARK – Newark Bears officials announced today that relief pitcher Armando Benitez was signed on Thursday by the Florida Marlins and assigned to Triple-A New Orleans. Benitez becomes the fourth Bear signed to affiliated ball in 2010, joining J.R. House, Fernando Cortez and Fernando Seguignol.
Benitez appeared in 17 games for the Bears in 2010 and amassed a 1.00 ERA with six saves. He tossed 18 innings, allowing just two earned runs on nine hits, with four walks and 27 strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .136 batting average.
The Domincan native spent 2009 with the Bears, going 1-0 record with a 2.86 ERA and 16 saves, which was third best in the league. The 37-year-old and former Met was signed by the Houston Astros’ AAA affiliate in Round Rock late in the season and went 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a save in seven games.
Benitez has appeared in 762 major league games with 289 saves, which puts him 23rd on the All-Time Saves list. His best season came in 2004 with the Marlins, when he went 2-2 with a 1.29 ERA and recorded a league-best 47 saves in 51 chances. In addition, he played nine seasons of minor league baseball, amassing a 27-11 record with a 2.63 ERA and 64 saves. His other accolades include winning the National League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award in 2001 and being named to the MLB All-Star game in 2003 and 2004.
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