Hotwire: Benitez to San Francisco Close

According to a published report, the New York Mets are close to making a three-way-deal that would ship out closer Armando Benitez in return for two sets of prospects. The talks are "definitely heating up" according to the report and could occur by the weekend.

The Bergen Record reports the Mets are on the verge of trading Armando Benitez to the San Francisco Giants for right-handed reliever Felix Rodriguez and prospects, citing a major league source. The Mets would then turn around and ship Rodriguez to the Yankees in exchange for a second set of prospects.

The report states that Benitez would then become a set-up man for closer Tim Worrell, who has converted 20 of 24 save opportunities and owns a 1.57 ERA.

Rodriguez, 30, is 5-0 with a 3.54 ERA in 40.2 innings this season. He has walked 17, struck out 31, and allowed 41 hits. Benitez, 30, is 2-3 this season with a 3.11 ERA and 21 saves in 27 chances.

This deal is more favorable to the Mets because another option, that is "still close" to happening according to the paper, is a trade involving the Marlins, but they are reluctant to pick up the remaining amount of the $9 million he is owed. The paper stated the Mets would receive Blaine Neal back in that deal.

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