The Detroit Tigers are interested in trading for former reliever, Joaquin Benoit before the July 31st MLB trade deadline.
The Tigers are among several teams said to be “quite interested” in Padres reliever, Benoit, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported Wednesday.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 2, 2014
Fox Sports, Ken Rosenthal stirred the pot even further.
“The Tigers refrained from re-signing free-agent right-hander Joaquin Benoit last offseason because they didn’t want to pay him closer money. But Benoit, who is holding opponents to a .203 batting average and .449 OPS with the Padres, still makes sense for his former team.”
“The Tigers know Benoit, who pitched for them from 2011 to ’13. He could provide them with additional setup help. And, if the Tigers wanted, he could replace closer Joe Nathan, who has a 10.38 ERA in his last 13 innings.”
Benoit had three good seasons in Detroit from 2011-13 but signed a three-year, $22 million deal with the Padres in the offseason.
The right hander has had a productive year this season in San Diego, with a 1.30 ERA and 0.72 WHIP over 34.2 innings. But the Padres, 37-47 and 10.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West, might be looking to move Benoit before the MLB trade deadline on July 31st.
Benoit went 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA in 205 games in three seasons with the Tigers between 2011-13.
His current contract with the Padres is a two-year, $15.5 million deal with an $8 million option for 2016. There is no “non-trade” clause within Benoit’s current deal.
Other teams rumored to be interested include the Angels, Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers and Marlines.