Rays Sign Joaquin Benoit

The Rays signed reliever Joaquin Benoit to a minor league deal that will pay the righty $750K if he makes the team, plus up to $500K in performance bonuses. Benoit, 32, had rotator cuff surgery in January of '09. The Rays will have a bargain if he can return to his '07 level of performance: a 2.85 ERA and 9.5 K/9 in 82 innings. That season prompted the Rangers to sign Benoit to a two-year, $6MM deal.

The Rays' other minor league deals for pitchers this winter included Winston Abreu, Heath Phillips, R.J. Swindle, and Matt Bush.

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reported the deal and its terms via Twitter.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.

5 Responses to Rays Sign Joaquin Benoit Leave a Reply

  1. Holy_Roman_Emperor 5 years ago

    Awesome Rays’ signing.

  2. rockiesfan_303 5 years ago

    Low risk signing. Potentially good move by the Rays.

  3. GOwhitesoxNgiants 5 years ago

    Benoit has good mechanics–that is, a smooth, and nonviolent, pitching motion–and if he works well with the pitching coach at tampa bay, expect him to serve as a late inning arm throughout the season.

  4. goinglongo 5 years ago

    CL Soriano
    SU Howell
    SU Balfour
    RP Wheeler
    RP Benoit
    RP Choate
    RP Cormier

    looks good to me…still would like Calero though

  5. Guest 5 years ago

    Agreed, This is actually a great signing. He missed the whole ’09 season but when healthy, the guy can pitch some good late innings. This is going to go down as one of the better minor league deals given out this off-season

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