The New York Post reported on Thursday that at least two sources said the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets are talking seriously about trading reliever Jorge Julio for starter Kris Benson in a move that could help both teams. The paper said that a deal could be finished at the Winter Meetings in Dallas next week. The Orioles have been searching for an experienced starter since last winter to help anchor a staff of young pitchers. New York, meanwhile, needs some bullpen help, especially after signing closer Billy Wagner to a deal in recent days. Julio would likely fit into some form of setup role with the Mets. Julio struggled throughout last season in his setup role with Baltimore. He was 3-5 with a 5.90 ERA after being moved out of the closer's role in favor of B.J. Ryan, who had a breakout season before signing a deal as a free agent with Toronto earlier this week.
Mets Consider Benson For Julio Trade