Sunday, October 12, 2008

Cardinals Acquire Benitez

St. Louis (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals made a move to strengthen the back end of their bullpen by acquiring closer Armando Benitez from the Cleveland Indians. Benitez, the 31 year old righthander from the Dominican Republic, has a 1.76 ERA with 9 saves for the struggling Indians this season. The move was a bit surprising as current closer Troy Percival is 13 for 13 in save opportunities this season with a 3.24 ERA. "Troy has done a fine job for us this season and will continue to play an important role in our team this season", says Cardinal skipper Helmbrecht. In exchange for Benitez, St. Louis traded their 2005 #2 draft pick as well as 30 year old righthander Bob Howry (4-1, 5.74 ERA).

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