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Oakland Athletics News

Out of the options that the article lists (Alfonseca, Benitez, DeJean, Jimenez, Mesa, Urbina), Benitez would definitely be my choice. Not only is he the best pitcher (Ugie's not far behind), but he'll come relatively cheaply because of his perceived psychological short-comings. If I were the A's, I'd sign Benitez to a two-year contract worth $3 million per year. Let him kick butt the first year, then trade him either during the off-season or before the trade-deadline next year.

Most importantly, the A's shouldn't go out and spend a lot of money on a closer - not that I think they will. Keeping Foulke at the price he signed with the Sox would definitely have been a mistake. Any money they have to spend this year should go towards scoring runs.

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