Tigers Nearing Deal With Joaquin Benoit

The Tigers are nearing a three-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX SportsMorosi tweets that the contract "is in [the] final stages of discussion."     

Benoit signed a minor league deal with the Rays in February and was one of baseball's best bargains.  The righty posted a 1.34 ERA, 11.2 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 0.9 HR/9, and 38.9% groundball rate in 60 1/3 innings.  The 33-year-old was available cheaply because he was coming off rotator cuff surgery performed in January of 2009.  This time around, the Tigers had to pay full sticker price.


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21 Comments on "Tigers Nearing Deal With Joaquin Benoit"


shysox
4 years 9 months ago

Well, I guess the Tigers are actually being serious about this playoff thing.

wickedkevin
4 years 9 months ago

“Playoffs?! Don’t talk about playoffs! Are you kidding me? Playoffs?! I’m just hoping we can win a game, another game!”

Slopeboy
4 years 9 months ago

You deserve a cold beer!

tigers22
4 years 9 months ago

Nice… been saying he’d be a great addition, but didn’t really think it would happen!

4 years 9 months ago

Hurts to be a Rays fan today…

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

Not trying to be a dbag(not sure if you’re a Rays fan or you’re just saying it), but it’s going to be a rough offseason for them.

RiverKKiller999
4 years 9 months ago

Choke artist…..

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 9 months ago

I love this. Thank you DD for actually deciding that Joel Zumaya was not going to be a feasible option for a setup guy!!

Pawsdeep
4 years 9 months ago

This makes a lot of sense. Not too expensive for what your getting, shouldn’t be too long of a contract and a great bullpen arm. Seeing as how the bullpen only needs some minor adjustments and tweaking this would be another step in the right direction for the offseason.

4 years 9 months ago

Good signing by the Tigers, anything reliever that doesn’t cost them a pick makes sense since they will likely go after one of the big bats.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

This is a great addition for the Tigers. Now they need to start looking at some bats and another arm or two.

4 years 9 months ago

Too bad… I thought we could atleast keep him if nobody else and make him the closer :(

4 years 9 months ago

Nice addition to the bullpen… now let’s trade for Justin Upton!

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

Pass on Upton. The Dbacks are gonna ask the world for him, I don’t know about giving up Turner and Oliver and a couple other quality players for a guy we can just buy on the FA market (Crawford/Werth)

penpaper
4 years 9 months ago

This could be good or bad depending on the details. If its cheap, no doubt its a great deal. This is bonafide shutdown reliever. If its a large multiyear deal, then the Tigers might make a mistake. I know they lost plenty of relievers but I would figure they’ll go after Vmart first.

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

The big name FA’s won’t start signing till after the deadline for arbitration has passed. I think its around NOV 24th?

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

Good job Tigers. Now go out and get a quality lefty reliever and the BP should be pretty solid.

Closer: Valverde
RH Setup: Perry & Benoit
LH Setup: TBD
Lefty special: Schlereth
Righty: Zumaya (if healthy)/Weinhardt
Long Relief : Whoever dosen’t make the rotation next year, thinking Galaragga if the Tigers aquire a starter and move Coke to the rotation.

YODA777
4 years 9 months ago

It would be nice if Oliver or Furbush emerged in ST to earn a spot in the rotation, leaving Coke in the pen. I still hold out hope that Crosby will find his mojo and become a part of the Tiger rotation by 2012 along with Turner. Sign Dunn, resign Maggs to an incentive laden contract with easy reachables and possibly toss some cash at V-mart and this team is looking good. I have a feeling that one of Wells, Boesch, or Strieby will emerge to take the LF spot. The offense would be pretty good; however, it will need to be because the defense will be hurting lol.

$1742854
4 years 9 months ago

This smells like a Scott Linebrink contract waiting to happen.

wickedkevin
4 years 9 months ago

Cool, here’s a cookie.

wickedkevin
4 years 9 months ago

No seriously, keep putting in a plug for your blog.

edit: thank you mod(s) for removing his comments.