According to New York Newsday, citing one major-league executive, the selection of Armando Benitez on the National League All-Star team has "helped his credibility in some people's minds."
Interim general manager Jim Duquette continues to receive inquires for the closer who, in 43 games, has 21 saves, a 3.11 ERA, and 48 strike outs in 46 1/3 innings. Despite reports saying otherwise, the Boston Red Sox still are in serious contention for his services.
The Seattle Mariners have also expressed interest due to the health of Kazuhiro Sasaki, who has been on the disabled list since June 11 with fractured ribs. Oddly, the New York Times has reported that San Diego is interested.
Rather that pick up Trevor Hoffman's $10 million option for next season, San Diego may just pay the $2 million buyout and therefore would be in need of a closer, the Times stated. That opens the door for Benitez.
Dodgers general manager Dan Evans is waiting for the report on whether or not Jordan will need surgery for a strained tendon in his left knee. If so, they might push hard for Burnitz who has become one of the hottest hitters in the National League.
The New York Post also reported that the Minnesota Twins have shown interest.
Jim Duquette: Anyone can go
With the New York Mets obviously out of contention, Mets interim general manager Jim Duquette made his declaration that anyone on the team, including both Jose Reyes and Mike Piazza, are available for the proper price.
"No, I don't think we have any untouchables," he said to the Post.