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Dodgers “trying hard” to get Joaquin Benoit from Padres

Jul 31, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

Because the Dodgers can apparently never have too many current and former closers in the bullpen, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that they’re “trying hard” to acquire Joaquin Benoit from the Padres.

Yesterday reports had Benoit being pursued by multiple teams, including the Dodgers, so it sounds like they’ve decided to focus in on the 37-year-old right-hander.

Benoit took over as San Diego’s closer following the Huston Street trade and has a 1.88 ERA in 43 innings along with a 51/13 K/BB ratio. Last season he saved 24 games for the Tigers with a 2.01 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 67 innings and Benoit has been an elite reliever for five straight seasons.

He’s also owed $8 million next season with an $8 million option or $1.5 million buyout for 2016 as part of a deal signed this winter, so it’s hard to imagine the Padres getting a ton in return for a 37-year-old reliever beyond the salary relief.

 

  1. icanspeel - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I don’t see how the Padres could ask for anything less than Huston Street since Benoit is controllable past this year. Even if he starts to decline the 2016 year is an option.

  2. moogro - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    He throws a lot of Benoit balls.

  3. yahmule - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Keep him!

  4. yahmule - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    And Joaquin keeps his closer job.

    8~)

  5. gloccamorra - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Salary relief? Street -$7 million; Headley -$10.525 million; Josh Johnson $8 million sunk cost applicable to next year’s payroll; Nick Hundley -$4 million; Kyle Blanks -$988k; Xavier Nady -$775k; Denorfia -$2.25 million.
    So far, they’re reduced their $90 million open day payroll by $33.538 million. There will be arbitration raises coming out of that, but the new General Manager is going to have a pot of money to spend this off-season.

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