|Giants agree to trade Benitez to Marlins for Messenger|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 31 May 2007 16:26|
NEW YORK (AP) -The San Francisco Giants agreed to trade struggling closer Armando Benitez to the Florida Marlins for reliever Randy Messenger on Thursday night.|
Neither team made an official announcement. Asked whether Benitez had been sent to the Marlins, agent Mike Powers said, ``It's a done deal.''
Benitez was 0-3 with nine saves in 11 chances and a 4.67 ERA. His final game for the Giants was Tuesday night, when he balked twice in the 12th inning of a 5-4 loss to the New York Mets.
Benitez was not in the clubhouse after the Giants' 4-2 loss and his locker was completely cleaned out.
``Maybe Elvis has left the building,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Benitez is owed $5,066,666 from the remainder of his $7.6 million salary this year, of which Florida will pay $333,333 and San Francisco $4,733,333.
Messenger was 1-1 with a 2.66 ERA going into the Marlins' game at Milwaukee.
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