Report: Kris Benson to KC
As you've probably heard by now, the Royals are reportedly close to acquiring Mets' right-hander Kris Benson and his incredibly-hot wife for relievers Mike MacDougal and Jeremy Affeldt.
My initial reaction to the deal was that it was silly for Allard Baird to deal his two main bargaining chips for one innings-eater, but after discussing the deal with Dave Sanford of Royals Corner, it makes more sense to me now, although I don't think Benson is anything all that desirable. Despite his outstanding 2005 season in which he served as the Royals' closer, MacDougal is still a pretty big question mark, while Affeldt is going to be a total wasted talent if he doesn't turn things around in the next couple of years.
I'll have more analysis and commentary on the deal if and when it's completed.