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Benito Santiago | Catcher

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (49) / 3/9/1965
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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41-year-old Benito Santiago, who last played in the majors in May 2005, intends to attempt a comeback next season.
Santiago signed with the Mets after being released by the Pirates in May 2005, but he didn't get called up and chose to head home in July. He announced his intentions to play in 2006 about a year ago this time, but he didn't follow through. He's currently hitting .250 through 14 games in the Puerto Rican League. "I think I can help anybody," he said. "I'm playing like I was five or six years ago. And if someone comes to see me in Puerto Rico, they'll see it, too." Beggars can't be choosers, but it sounds like Santiago would like to join the Phillies. Thu, Nov 30, 2006 02:18:00 PM
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Free agent Benito Santiago intends to play in 2006 and his agent, Gregg Clifton, said the Padres are his first choice.

The Padres are set to go with Doug Mirabelli and Miguel Olivo, so they probably aren't interested. There are so few decent options out there that another team will be.
Fri, Dec 9, 2005 01:46:00 PM

Benito Santiago opted out of his contract with the Mets.

There was no room for Santiago with Ramon Castro playing so well.
Wed, Jul 20, 2005 10:57:00 AM

Mets signed catcher Benito Santiago to a minor league contract.

GM Omar Minaya is willing to sign just about anyone to a minor league deal. Maybe Santiago will overtake Ramon Castro to become Mike Piazza's backup during July, but it would be for the best if the Mets viewed him strictly as insurance.
Thu, Jun 16, 2005 09:28:00 PM

Benito Santiago has cleared waivers and is a free agent.

He'll likely be picked up by someone.
Thu, May 12, 2005 09:23:00 AM

Pirates released catcher Benito Santiago.

Leo Nunez for six games of Santiago; yes, Dave Littlefield got outsmarted again. It's pretty amazing that both he and Lloyd McClendon still have jobs, but all it really illustrates is that the real problem in Pittsburgh is ownership. The Pirates will continue to go with David Ross and Humberto Cota at catcher. Cota is supposed to be the starter, but Ross has started three of the last five games and will continue to get the majority of the playing time if he hits. Santiago should be able to find a job if he wants one. Toronto could use him whether Gregg Zaun is DL bound or not.
Sun, May 8, 2005 05:37:00 PM

The Pirates have still not activated Benito Santiago, even though he says he's fine and has been eligible to come off the DL since Saturday.

The Pirates already have Humberto Cota, who is their number one catcher, and David Ross, who started yesterday and threw out Willy Taveras. There are thoughts that the Pirates are going to trade Santiago, as they don't need him due to already having two solid catches. The fact Santiago refused a minor-league rehab assignment hasn't helped the situation.
Fri, May 6, 2005 08:53:00 AM

Benito Santiago may return to action for the Pirates today in Phoenix.

If Santiago is finally activated, David Ross is probably going to Indianapolis to play for the Triple-A Indians.
Thu, May 5, 2005 08:39:00 AM

Benito Santiago, who was eligible to be activated today, has refused to go on a rehab assignment.

Santiago thinks he's ready to return now, but the Pirates disagree. It is within Santiago's rights to decline the assignment, but it will probably prolong his stay on the DL and cost him playing time after he's activated. Manager Lloyd McClendon is saying he considers Humberto Cota his starting catcher.
Sat, Apr 30, 2005 08:20:00 PM

Benito Santiago has lost about 10 pounds due to a viral infection that landed him on the DL.

It's not really his decision, but Santiago says he'll be in the lineup on Saturday, the day he's eligible to come off the DL. The Pirates may send down Dave ROss to make room for him.
Tue, Apr 26, 2005 08:02:00 AM

Pirates placed catcher Benito Santiago on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a viral infection.

This solves the problem of too many catchers. Dave Ross will continue to due to the bulk of the catching for the Pirates.
Tue, Apr 19, 2005 02:54:00 PM

Benito Santiago missed his third straight game with the flu yesterday.

The Pirates don't know when he'll be back, but it likely won't be for at least a couple more games. ''I'm still feeling sick, no power,'' Santiago said. ''I'm taking everything. We've got to change medicine or something.'' In other words, keep David Ross in your lineup.
Mon, Apr 18, 2005 08:02:00 AM

Benito Santiago hasn't played this weekend due to flu-like symptoms.

He is available if needed, but the Pirates are better off going with David Ross's hot bat.
Sun, Apr 17, 2005 02:59:00 PM

Manager Lloyd McClendon said it is ''highly likely'' that Benito Santiago will get the day off at catcher today.

McClendon also said he may rest Matt Lawton.
Sun, Apr 10, 2005 12:53:00 PM

Benito Santiago thinks he can have a big impact on Pittsburgh's pitching staff this season.

''Everywhere I go, my thing is to lower the ERA,'' Santiago said. ''I go about my business.'' ''Benito is good for us,'' Oliver Perez said. Aside from Perez, Santiago really has his work cut out for him this year.
Mon, Apr 4, 2005 05:44:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Anthony Recker
1B1Lucas Duda
2Josh Satin
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
LF1Chris Young
2Eric Young Jr.
3Bobby Abreu
CF1Juan Lagares
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Curtis Granderson
2Bobby Abreu
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Niese
2Bartolo Colon
3Dillon Gee
4Zack Wheeler
5Jenrry Mejia
6Matt Harvey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kyle Farnsworth
2Jose Valverde
3Scott Rice
4Gonzalez Germen
5Jeurys Familia
6Carlos Torres
7Daisuke Matsuzaka
8Bobby Parnell