Righthander Kris Benson has agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Phillies with an invitation to major league spring training, Senior Vice President & General Manager Pat
Gillick announced today. The contract is pending a physical.
Benson, 33, missed all of last season after having right rotator cuff surgery on March 20, 2007.
In 2006, he went 11-12 with a 4.82 ERA in 30 starts for Baltimore. Benson has reached double digits in wins in five of his seven major league seasons and has pitched over 200.0 innings twice.
The first overall selection in the 1996 draft by Pittsburgh, Benson is 68-73 with a 4.34 ERA and eight complete games in 195 starts for the Pirates (1999-2000, 2002-04), Mets (2004-05) and Orioles (2006).