According to Doug Miller of MLB.com, former Mets starter Kris Benson has apparently retired, saying “I’m done”.
Benson pitched for the Mets in 2004 and 2005 after he was acquired with Jeff Keppinger in exchange for Ty Wigginton and Jose Bautista. (yes, that Jose Bautista!)
Benson went 14-12 as a Met with a 4.23 ERA in 242 1/3 innings. He was traded to the Orioles prior to the 2006 season in exchange for Jorge Julio and John Maine.
As a member of the D’Backs this season, Benson only appeared in 3 games, and went 1-1, with a 5.14 ERA.
“I decided pretty much after this past season that I wasn’t going to pursue anything. I’ve been putting way too much into it and not getting enough out of it, as far as the rehab, working out, training, and then not getting the type of results I expect from myself. I wanted to make this decision now, rather than go into another season on another Minor League deal. I didn’t want to go through the head games of, ‘Am I going to make the team?’ I don’t mind the pressure. I just don’t want to fall into another situation like I had the last couple years, where I busted my tail getting back and then got hurt again shortly after I made the team”
Kris Benson has had injury problems in the past couple of years. In 2007, he tore his rotator cuff, and started his comeback in 09 as the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers. Unfortunately, he was released, and the stint he had with the D’Backs wasn’t successful either, which led to his retirement.