Dodgers, Yankees Interested In Joaquin Benoit

12:50pm: The Yankees are also interested in Benoit, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News hears that there aren’t any current discussions between the Yankees and Padres regarding Benoit (Twitter link), though that doesn’t mean New York is interested.

11:37am: The Dodgers are interested in Joaquin Benoit, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter), but the Padres would prefer not to trade him within the division. It doesn’t sound like they’re completely ruling out the idea of moving Benoit, however, as one source told MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo yesterday that there’s a good chance Benoit is traded even after San Diego dealt Huston Street.

Benoit inherited the ninth inning in San Diego following the trade of Street, and he’s been excellent with the Friars all year after inking a two-year, $15.5MM deal in the offseason. The 37-year-old has turned in a 1.88 ERA with 10.7 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and a 38.1 percent ground-ball rate in 43 innings this season. He’s owed just over $2MM from now through season’s end, and he’s guaranteed $8MM in 2015. Benoit’s contract contains an $8MM club option for 2016, which comes with a $1.5MM buyout.

It’s a bit curious to see that the Padres don’t want to move Benoit within the division.┬áThe Padres would strengthen their own farm system while weakening the minor league system of a division rival, and they’re unlikely to contend next year while Benoit is still under contract at any rate. Then again, Padres ownership may feel that the team’s core of young pitching can help them to contend in 2015 if the offense can be properly augmented.


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32 Comments on "Dodgers, Yankees Interested In Joaquin Benoit"


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Dustin Smith
11 months 7 days ago

As a dodger fan, I love that they’re active on the trade market every year. As a baseball fan, I hate that the Dodgers are linked to every remotely high profile target

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Travis2014
11 months 7 days ago

Why I think it is good for baseball. They are examining every possible way to help improve their team. Isn’t that what you are suppose to do?

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Tre-Day
11 months 7 days ago

Good, this is the kind of player that we really NEED. Our bullpen has been garbage this year. A top end starter would be nice, but its more of a luxury. But I have serious questions about the 7th and 8th innings come post-season.

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vtadave
11 months 7 days ago

Agreed. Only Colorado and Philadelphia have worse reliever ERAs in the National League. Get rid of Wilson and Perez and bring in a couple reinforcements in front of Jansen.

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Brian Lynch
11 months 7 days ago

Why do the Padres care about trading within the division? It would be understadable if they were ever actually competitive, but…

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coup
11 months 7 days ago

It’s all talk. Padres are using it as leverage. That’s all. I hope it works!

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sherrilltradedooverexperience
11 months 7 days ago

Besides the fact they’ll have to overpay cuz he’s in the division, maybe have to take all his salary (it’s closer money, twice the salary of a set up man and they’re the padres) and his age (which isn’t too bad given the good number of examples of elite older closers and setup men like trevor saito and uehara) I think he’s a good target that makes for a lights out 8’th inning. The dodgers would greatly benefit from that. I may get skewered for this but i’d almost be ok with zach lee going the other way if it meant the pads sent half his salary back.

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Dustin Smith
11 months 7 days ago

At this point I’m fine with moving lee. He’s been a “top prospect” for several years but never been close to cracking the rotation. Also with Urias’s progression, I don’t think there will be a spot for Lee anytime soon

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sherrilltradedooverexperience
11 months 7 days ago

pretty much how i feel.

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summerkid
11 months 7 days ago

I think the shine on Lee has worn off. I realize the PCL is rough on pitchers, but his peripherals are pretty bad. 5.89 K/9 is pretty rough. Probably should have moved him a year or so ago instead of deeming him untouchable.

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Rally Weimaraner
11 months 7 days ago

What trade targets have the Dodgers not been linked to this week?

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Dustin Smith
11 months 7 days ago

Marlon Byrd and Colon?

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Rally Weimaraner
11 months 7 days ago

Just wait, they will get their turn too.

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vtadave
11 months 7 days ago

100% of pitchers but not really linked to much on the offense side.