Former MLBer Benard admits to steroid use

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Former Giants outfielder Marvin Benard told the Associated Press Sunday that he used steroids during the 2002 season, when the club lost in the World Series to the Angels.

Benard played nine major league seasons — all of them with the Giants — and called it quits after 2003.  He hit .276/.321/.407 in ’02 with one homer and 13 RBI in 131 plate appearances as a backup outfielder and did not register an at-bat in the playoffs.  Benard, now 39, first revealed to the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this afternoon that he used performance-enhancing drugs to recover from a knee injury.  He was also named in the Mitchell Report back in 2007.

For those wondering, Benard did not make mention of Barry Bonds in the revelation.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.