"He wants to make his comeback to the big leagues, and he's had experience in this ballpark pitching for the opposition,'' Ducks president/GM Michael Pfaff said. "He always liked what he saw with the Ducks.''
Benitez had 289 saves during a 15-year major league career that also included stints with the Orioles, Yankees, Mariners, Marlins, Giants and Blue Jays. Benitez pitched in the Atlantic League with the Newark Bears in 2009 and 2010.
"It's really important to get signed [by an affiliated organization], but I'm looking forward to playing with the Ducks," Benitez said. "There are great guys here, and right now we have an opportunity to stay in first place."
Benitez compiled 160 saves with the Mets, but he is often remembered for the games he failed to save, including Game 1 of the 2000 World Series against the Yankees.
That begs the question: What does Benitez expect from the Long Island faithful?
"I don't know," he said with a chuckle. "That's a good question. What can I say? Whatever the fans do, I'll take it."