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Joaquin Benoit is seeking between $7 million and $10 million per year

Dec 12, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

Why would anyone want to shop for Jonathan Papelbon when bargains like this exist around every corner?


Or Fernando Rodney for that matter, who is supposed to be seeking $10 million a yearJeff Passan hears that Benoit is most likely to go to either the Indians, Cubs, Mariners, Padres or Yankees.

Less than two weeks until Christmas. Start your closer shopping now, before it’s too late!

  1. Kevin S. - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    The lesson kiddies, as always – grow your own relievers.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    There is a big difference between the bid price and the offered price for these closers. That is why they are still unsigned.

  3. dakotaandotter - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    a team might be interested in Papelbon only because the Phillies will probably eat at least $5M a year on his salary.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Not sure I see a team paying $10MM per for 2 guaranteed years AND potentially being on the hook for his vesting year of $13MM in 2016 AND giving up a player to the Phillies for that privilege. Especially with all the other closers on the market.

  4. cackalackyank - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I shoulda pushed harder on my parents to let me keep trying to pitch in Little League.

  5. uyf1950 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    At $7MM per on a 2 year deal he’s worth it. Maybe even at $8MM per especially to the Yankees with Robertson becoming a free agent after the 2014 season. Any more then that to quote Matt Damon from Ocean’s 11 “see ya when I see ya.”

  6. jrocknstuff - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    There was word yesterday that the Orioles were looking at Benoit, but I sure as hell hope that ended once he asked for $10 M. If they weren’t willing to keep Johnson around at that price why would they give it to Benoit?

  7. snipedanglecelly13 - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I ll watch him walk

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