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.


21 Responses to Tigers Nearing Deal With Joaquin Benoit Leave a Reply

  1. shysox 5 years ago

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

    • wickedkevin 5 years ago

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

  2. tigers22 5 years ago

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

  3. Hurts to be a Rays fan today…

    • dc21892 5 years 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.

  4. RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

    Choke artist…..

  5. Motor_City_Bombshell 5 years 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!!

  6. Pawsdeep 5 years 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.

  7. 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.

  8. dc21892 5 years ago

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

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

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

    • ToledoFan 5 years 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)

  11. penpaper 5 years 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 5 years ago

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

  12. ToledoFan 5 years 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 5 years 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.

  13. $1742854 5 years ago

    This smells like a Scott Linebrink contract waiting to happen.

  14. wickedkevin 5 years ago

    Cool, here’s a cookie.

  15. wickedkevin 5 years ago

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

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

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