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56 Joaquin Benoit RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/220 | Birthdate: 7/26/1977 | Birthplace: Santiago, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: No College | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $5,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 39/28 | Average Draft Position: 260.66
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Joaquin Benoit worth it while it lasts


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) I discussed Joaquin Benoit's situation in a recent blog entry breaking down some of the more questionable closer situations in baseball, but to reiterate here, he figures to be awfully valuable stepping in for Huston Street as Padres closer ... for as long as it lasts, that is.

See, Benoit, at age 36 and with another year left on his contract, is just as much of a trade candidate as Street was before the Padres shipped him to the Angels this weekend. Then again, maybe the Padres and their stable of interm GMs don't want to put themselves in a position where they have to completely retock their bullpen this offseason. Or maybe they won't get an offer to their liking. Nobody says they have to trade Benoit. Most every July, a handful of seemingly obvious trade candidates end up staying right where they are.

So you'll want to take a flier on Benoit just for that possibility. His 1.99 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings this year are more or less in line with what he's done over the last five, and he was just as good for the half-season he spent as Tigers closer last year.

Plus, look how Street did as Padres closer. San Diego may not have a great team, but when it wins, it wins close.


Report: Three teams interested in Joaquin Benoit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers, Pirates and Indians have shown interest in reliever Joaquin Benoit. The Padres unloaded Huston Street in a trade earlier in the weekend, so the team may be reluctant to deal Benoit before the deadline. The right-hander owns a 1.99 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP over 40 2/3 innings of relief.

Joaquin Benoit picks up the win Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Padres relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit took the win Sunday afternoon at home against the Mets.  Benoit struck out one and needed only eight pitches to retire the side in order in the ninth. The Padres scored on walkoff infield single in the bottom of the frame to give the right-hander the win. He owns a 1.99 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP over 40 2/3 innings of relief.

Joaquin Benoit to handle ninth-inning duties


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Now that the Padres have traded Huston Street to the Angels, the team will look for Joaquin Benoit to handle the ninth-inning duties moving forward, U-T San Diego reports.

Benoit was unable to maintain a tied game and allowed a run-scoring single to Travis d'Arnaud with two outs in the ninth on Friday against the Mets, his first appearance since the trade. He has 38 career saves, including one this season, and owns a 2.04 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP over 39 2/3 innings of relief.


Joaquin Benoit surrenders go-ahead run in the ninth


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) With Huston Street out of the picture, the Padres turned to Joaquin Benoit in the ninth inning of Friday's game against the Mets.

Benoit was unable to maintain a tied game and allowed a run-scoring single to Travis d'Arnaud with two outs in the ninth. The right-hander was charged with the loss after allowing one run on one hit and two walks while striking out one in one inning of a 5-4 defeat. He owns a 2.04 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP over 39 2/3 innings of relief.


Joaquin Benoit done in by home runs in loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Padres pitcher Joaquin Benoit took a loss Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on three hits, including two home runs, while striking out two in his team's 6-3 defeat against the Rockies.

Benoit (3-1) had surrendered just one home run all season going into Wednesday, but the Rockies swatted back-to-back home runs with one out in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and deliver Benoit his first loss. The reliever still owns a 1.91 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 43:7 K:BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.


Who's next in line to close?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) The funny thing about the closer role is that while innumerable relievers are capable of filling it, only 30 can at any one time, giving those 30 disproportionate value in Fantasy. And while in shallower leagues, 30 is more than enough to go around, in standard 12-team formats, it's a shortage. As a result, anticipating the next to enter the role is well worth your while.

Among all middle relievers, I believe Jake McGee, Jeurys Familia, Sergio Romo, Joaquin Benoit, Neil Ramirez, Brad Ziegler, Jason Grilli and Rex Brothers have the best chance of stepping into the closer role by the end of the month. To read up on them and their chances, check out my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog.


Report: Tigers interested in bringing back Joaquin Benoit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) The Padres are shopping reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Tigers are interested, according to USA Today.

Benoit spent the last three seasons with the Tigers, including a stint in 2013 as the closer. He has been lights-out with San Diego this year, posting a 3-0 mark and 1.30 ERA with 18 hits allowed in 34 2/3 innings and fanning 39.


Teams calling Padres about outfielders, relievers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) The Padres have been receiving interest from other teams regarding potential trades involving outfielders Seth Smith and Chris Denorfia, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, the most interest has been for relievers Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit.

Angels shopping for bullpen help


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) The Angels are looking to add one or two arms to help solidify the back end of the team's bullpen, with Padres pitchers Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit, Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo and Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson of interest to the team, MLB.com reports.

"This is by far the most talent we've had in the bullpen since I've been here, the most depth -- we just haven't been able to figure out how to get it on a consistent roll yet," general manager Jerry Dipoto said, though he wouldn't comment on specific targets. "There are pieces here that are very functional in getting to a good bullpen, and I believe that we'll get there. But we are going to have to address some of that in July and help this group out."

The Angels have received spotty play from former ninth-inning man Ernesto Frieri this season, and they'd like to bring a southpaw aboard so that Hector Santiago has the flexibility to move to the rotation if needed. Expect the Angels to keep cropping up in reliever trade rumors over the next month-plus.


Joaquin Benoit earns first save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Padres pitcher Joaquin Benoit recorded his first save of the season Saturday, posting a 1-2-3 inning with one strikeout in his team's 3-1 win over the Giants.

Regular closer Huston Street threw 31 pitches the previous night, so he was given the night off, and Benoit had no problem giving his team a win that bumped them to .500. Benoit owns a 2.70 ERA and 5:2 K:BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.


GM backs decision to sign Joaquin Benoit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Padres general manager Josh Byrnes has justified his signing of aging reliever Joaquin Benoit to a two-year contract, though he admits it was atypical.

"To give a multiyear deal to a reliever who is 36 is certainly not the norm," Byrnes told MLB.com. "But he's had four such good years in a row - performance, pitching in key spots, his stuff is as good as ever."

Benoit has boasted a 2.53 ERA and averaged 10.24 strikeouts per nine innings over the last four seasons. His velocity even increased a bit in 2013.

He is slated to serve as a setup man to closer Houston Street this season.


Padres to add Joaquin Benoit to bullpen


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/18/2013) The Padres reached an agreement with reliever Joaquin Benoit on Wednesday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Benoit is set to make approximately $15 million over two years.

Likely to be handed the setup role for the Padres, Benoit served as the closer for the Tigers for most of the 2013 season, recording 24 saves with a 2.01 ERA.


Report: Padres could be front-runner for Joaquin Benoit


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) The Padres are believed to be the front-runner to sign free-agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, ESPN reports. An official with knowledge of Benoit's contract talks pegs the Padres as the favorite over the Indians.

The Padres already have someone in the closing role, with Huston Street scheduled to make $7 million in 2014 and the Padres holding an option for the same salary for the 2015 season. If the Padres do land Benoit, it's possible they could deal Street to another team looking for an upgrade at closer in order to bring in some offensive help.


Five teams could be destination for Joaquin Benoit


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) Teams at the Winter Meetings believe that the likeliest landing spots for reliever Joaquin Benoit include the Indians, Padres, Mariners, Cubs and Yankees, Yahoo! Sports reports.

The Orioles have also reportedly been in the mix, but it may be down to these five teams, which represent a mix of definite closing opportunities and potential competition for the ninth-inning gig.


Orioles in discussions with Joaquin Benoit, John Axford


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) The Orioles remain in discussions with free-agent relievers Joaquin Benoit and John Axford, FOX Sports reports. The team is looking to add a closer but has been reported to prefer Grant Balfour to all other options.

Mariners target Joaquin Benoit, Corey Hart


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) In addition to Rays pitcher David Price and free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, the Mariners are targeting free-agent reliever Joaquin Benoit and free-agent first baseman Corey Hart, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Mariners have been pursuing an established closer, also having reported interest in John Axford. Hart was drafted by Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik in Milwaukee.


Tigers pass on giving Joaquin Benoit a qualifying offer


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/4/2013) MLive.com reports that the Tigers have opted not to give free agent closer Joaquin Benoit a qualifying offer of a one-year, $14.1 million deal on Monday.

Earlier reports stated that the Tigers may try to re-sign Benoit, but they will also consider acquiring other options at closer this offseason.


Tigers to target experienced closer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) The Tigers will target a closer with experience in the role, MLive.com reports. That could include Joaquin Benoit, who totaled 24 saves with the Tigers in 2013 while posting a 2.01 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 73:22 K:BB ratio in 67 innings.

Joaquin Benoit blows save in Game 2


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit blew the save in Sunday's Game 2 against Boston.

Benoit gave up the game-tying grand slam to David Ortiz in the eighth inning. He struck out a batter to end the inning but was pulled for Rick Porcello in the ninth. 

Joaquin Benoit nearly completes Game 1 no-hitter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit fell two outs shy of completing Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid Saturday night against the Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

Benoit struck out Mike Napoli to start the ninth inning before surrendering a single to Daniel Nava to break up the no-hitter. The right-hander bounced back and retired the next two batters to secure a 1-0 win and the save.


Joaquin Benoit slams door shut on A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2013) Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit slammed the door shut on the A's in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday. The right-hander only needed only 17 pitches as he struck out three and pitched the final 1 1/3 innings of a 3-2 victory.


Joaquin Benoit earns 24th save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit put the finishing touches on the clinching of the American League Central Wednesday as he earned the save in Minnesota. Benoit struck out two batters over 16 pitches to close out the 1-0 win. 

Benoit now has 24 saves for the Tigers. He gave had a 1-2-3 inning and lowered his ERA to 1.92 on the season. Benoit has recorded back-to-back saves since blowing his first of the season. 


Joaquin Benoit strikes out three in 23rd save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit earned his 23rd save Tuesday, striking out three while giving up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning as the Tigers beat the Twins, 4-2.

Benoit suffered his first blown save Monday but bounced back with a strong effort Tuesday, striking out three while pitching just one inning for the first time this season. He owns a 1.94 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 71:20 K:BB ratio in 65 innings.


Joaquin Benoit blows first save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit suffered a blown save Monday night as the game in Minnesota went into extra innings. Benoit gave up a solo homer to Brian Dozier in the ninth inning as the Twins tied the score at three.

Benoit allowed just the one hit and struck out a batter over an inning of work. The blown save was his first for the Tigers. He has 22 saves on the year. His ERA is at 1.97.