Kris Benson Calls It Quits

With the Diamondbacks starting pitching in shambles in 2010, the team looked everywhere for help. One potential solution came in the form of former first overall draft pick Kris Benson.

Benson came up in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and was their staff ace for several seasons. He was traded to the New York Mets where he had some success before injuring his arm.

This injury was the first of many that would sideline Benson over several seasons. He was ultimately traded to the Baltimore Orioles where he continued to struggle to stay healthy.

After the 2007 season he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies but did not appear in a Major League game for them. He was released in August of that season and signed with the Texas Rangers for 2009.

He pitched just 22 innings in 8 games for the Rangers and became a free agent. The Diamondbacks signed him to a minor league contract with plans to use him if Brandon Webb was unable to return from shoulder surgery.

Webb was shelved the whole season and Benson made his Diamondbacks debut. He would pitch in just three games for Arizona before once again battling arm troubles. Benson would remain with the Diamondbacks all season attempting yet another comeback.

Now with Spring Training just over a month away Benson has decided to call it quits. The wear and tear of rehabilitation has taken its toll on the 35-year-old right-hander. Despite the hard work Benson could not remain healthy.

So after nine years in the big leagues Benson closes the book on his baseball career earning a 70-75 record with a 4.42 ERA in 200 starts. What began with hopes of being a Hall of Fame career, Benson leaves with just memories of his time in the major leagues.

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