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  1. Dodgers “trying hard” to get Joaquin Benoit from Padres

    Jul 31, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

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    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.

  2. The State of the Trade Deadline: Yesterday was pretty sleepy. Will general managers wake up today?

    Jul 31, 2014, 8:10 AM EDT

    Jon Lester

    The State of the Trade Deadline, eight hours before the music stops.

  3. Everything you need to know about next week’s trade deadline

    Jul 24, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT

    David Price

    Who is buying? Who is selling? Who is on the block? And is next week’s trade deadline really a deadline?

  4. Report: Padres likely to trade outfielder Chris Denorfia

    Jul 19, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

    Chris Denorfia AP

    The Padres swapped All-Star closer Huston Street to the Angels last night in a six-player trade and they likely aren’t done making deals.

  5. The Tigers are interested in Joakim Soria

    Jul 18, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria AP

    The Tigers need bullpen help. Soria is bullpen help.

  6. The Pirates could be interested in Huston Street

    Jul 12, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

    Huston Street Getty

    The Pirates are focused on adding pitching in advance of the July non-waiver trade deadline.

  7. Report: Tigers interested in Joakim Soria, Jason Frasor, Chad Qualls

    Jul 5, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Father Time appears to be catching up with Joe Nathan, so the Tigers are looking to the trade market to fortify the late innings.

  8. The Tigers’ bullpen woes continue

    Jun 9, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain

    Detroit’s bullpen is the worst in the American League. And it doesn’t seem to matter who’s closing.

  9. 2014 Preview: Detroit Tigers

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

    Brad Ausmus

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Detroit Tigers. The Big Question: Are the Tigers still the clear favorites in the AL Central? Detroit has won…

  10. 2014 Preview: San Diego Padres

    Mar 27, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Bud Black Getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The San Diego Padres The Big Question: Can the Padres stay healthy enough to surprise? The last two years with…

  11. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  12. Padres announce two-year, $15.5 million deal with Joaquin Benoit

    Dec 28, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    Joaquin Benoit AP

    It was reported earlier this month that the Padres had agreed to a two-year contract with reliever Joaquin Benoit, but the deal is now official. Benoit is guaranteed $15.5 million over the life of the contract. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, the deal includes an $8 million vesting option for 2016 if he reaches…

  13. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  14. Grant Balfour may file a grievance over Orioles’ decision to back out of contract

    Dec 20, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that free agent reliever Grant Balfour is considering filing a grievance over the Orioles’ recent decision to back out of a two-year, $15 million contract. Balfour contends he is as healthy as ever, and multiple doctors agree with him. It is very hard to see what the Orioles…

  15. Grant Balfour’s deal with Orioles in “serious jeopardy” due to shoulder issue

    Dec 19, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

    Division Series - Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    The Orioles reportedly reached a two-year, $15 million deal with free agent closer Grant Balfour earlier this week, but the agreement has hit a snag. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Balfour’s deal with Baltimore is in serious jeopardy due to issues with his physical that “need to be resolved.” While the signing was supposed…

  16. UPDATE: The Padres have a deal with Joaquin Benoit

    Dec 18, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jeff Passan says a deal is done, pending a physical. No word on the cash, but figure between $7-9 million a year for two years. 8:48 AM: The Padres have a closer in Huston Street who saved 33 games last year and who will make $7 million this year. But who says you only…

  17. Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a closer soon

    Dec 15, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports that Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a new closer soon. After releasing Chris Perez at the end of October, the Indians are currently without a closer and prefer to bring in one from outside rather than promote Cody Allen or Bryan Shaw. Hoynes writes that the…

  18. Orioles, Grant Balfour going back and forth on potential contract

    Dec 15, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jen Royle of the Boston Herald is reporting that the Orioles and free agent reliever Grant Balfour are still hammering out their differences on a potential contract. The Orioles preferred a two-year deal at $6 million per year; Balfour wanted a three-year deal at $8 million per year with a vesting option. Royle’s source says…

  19. Padres and Indians both in hot pursuit of Joaquin Benoit

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Both the Padres and the Indians have offered two-year deals and at least $14 million in total to free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Passan’s source close to the Padres suggests the team’s deal could also include a third-year option. Should Benoit reach such an agreement with either club, he…

  20. Orioles have a multi-year deal on the table with Grant Balfour

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Division Series - Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli confirmed a report that the Orioles have put a multi-year contract offer on the table with free agent closer Grant Balfour. Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that a team has offered him a third-year vesting option, but it’s not the Orioles. He also adds that the right-hander has a two-year…

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

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Five

    Why would anyone want to shop for Jonathan Papelbon when bargains like this exist around every corner? Joaquin Benoit‘s rep said to be looking for a deal in the range of $7 million-$10 million annually. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 12, 2013   Or Fernando Rodney for that matter, who is supposed to be seeking…

  22. UPDATE: Orioles haven’t made offer to Nelson Cruz

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

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    The Orioles have been pretty quiet at this week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but it sounds like that could change soon. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles have made offers to outfielder Nelson Cruz and closer Grant Balfour. No word on the specifics, but the thought is that they are willing to offer…

  23. Yankees having internal discussions about Joaquin Benoit

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

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    Bob Nightengale of USA Today has the scoop on the Yankees’ reliever search … The #Yankees would love to grab two relievers and have had lots of internal discussions about Joaquin Benoit — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2013 Benoit registered an exceptional 2.01 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 67 innings this…

  24. Joe Nathan finalizes two-year contract with Tigers

    Dec 4, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    Joe Nathan‘s deal with the Tigers is now official and it’s a two-year contract believed to be worth $20 million with a team option for 2016, when the closer will be 41 years old. Nathan made the right call to turn down his $9 million player option with the Rangers, correctly predicting that he could…

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