Warning: Pure speculation ensues
Mariners closer and all around really good pitcher, JJ Putz, recently had an MRI on his elbow and the initial grumblings are essentially that "it is not good".
If you are in the trade Benitez camp, you can only interpret this as good (all-be-it morbid) news for 2 reasons.
- Regardless of whether Bavasi has any interest in Benitez directly, this injury probably drives up the market for relif pitchers.
- Bavasi is one of the few GM's in Sabean's weight class (in terms of ability)