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Rumor Mill: Benson update

Word is that Kris Benson's Saturday showcase for scouts from nine major league teams wasn't exactly a barn burner.

The former Pirates and Mets hurler, who is trying to catch on with a major league team after missing almost all of the last two seasons following shoulder surgery was "mediocre" according to scouts who saw him throw.

With established starters struggling to get more than a one or two year contract at more than $5 million a year, it's hard to believe anyone is going to cough up too much cash on a project like Benson.

The Cardinals would be especially unlikely to roll the dice after getting burned last season on rehab contracts for Matt Clement and Mark Mulder. And don't forget that they have paid 2005 Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter ace money to pitch about 20 innings over the last two years.

The Cardinals need to spend a little bit more money and try to find some pitching that has spent more time on the mound than on the disabled list.

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