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The Padres are fielding offers for Huston Street, Joaquin Benoit

Jun 25, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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When you fire your GM, you give his replacement carte blanche to burn it all down and sell everything off. You do that in the middle of the season when you actually have some useful relievers, you’re definitely gonna make some trades because everyone wants bullpen help in the middle of the year. That’s where the Padres find themselves right now. Even though they don’t yet have a replacement for the fired Josh Byrnes.

Jon Heyman reports that the Padres are receiving calls about Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit. Both of them are having excellent seasons, with Street posting a sub-1.00 ERA and Benoit doing almost as well. Each have closing experience and each would be attractive targets for contenders seeking help for the back end of the pen. Contract-wise, Street is making $7 million this season with a $7 million club option for 2015 and Benoit is making $6 million this season and $8.5 million in 2015 and a 2016 club option. Both of those represent relative bargains for closers these days and the deals are quite tolerable even if they’re used as setup men.

Heyman has the Tigers, Angels, Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers and Marlins as possible landing spots for Street and Benoit. But really, almost any and every contender at least kicks the tires on bullpen arms in July most years.

  1. xpensivewinos - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    ……..and as per usual, the Padres will acquire useless garbage in return that never amounts to anything.

  2. chargrz - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    They will probably trade them for a 34 yr old 2nd baseman hitting .214 in single A. They do it all the time.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Perhaps that is why Byrnes got canned. But hey, if y’all want Brian Roberts I am sure Cashman is willing to work something out. He just homered last night…

  3. icanspeel - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    2 top relievers for a team 10 games under .500 isn’t very necessary, time to work some deals.

  4. chinahand11 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Every year. Sux. I recall when they interrupted Jim Rome’s radio show to announce they had signed Jake Peavy to an extension. The next year he was a Chicago White Sock. Man, I sooo wish the Pads would make a decade-long run with good teams. The fans f’ing deserve it, they are all over town wearing their caps and gear, girls wearing those pink Padre tee shirts, (at least SD has a lot of hot girls) you have to feel for the fans. They aren’t stupid and they’ve had enough.

    • mikhelb - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      But that was kind of the point of signing Street and later Benoit, wasn’t? I recall there was talk that if the Padres were out of contention, both of those players could be used as trade chips but would only move one.

      The A’s, Angels, Tigers and others need a closer… the offers in the market right now are basically Street, Soria and everybody else.

      PS
      It is about damn time the “rebuilding” proccess in the Frailes ends, every time I go to the stadium there are a lot of fans who deserve it.

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