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Rotowire: Mar 16 / 9:50p ET
News: Benoit continues to solidify his standing as San Diego's closer heading into the regular season, the Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: Benoit has yet to allow a hit or a run over three appearances this spring. There are several options behind Benoit for the closer's role, including Kevin Quackenbush and Shawn Kelley, but it appears Benoit is on track to win the job as it stands right now.
Rotowire: Mar 5 / 6:50a ET
News: Benoit is expected to close for the Padres to begin the season after he converted 11 of 12 save opportunities in 2014, the Padres' official site reports.
Impact: Kevin Quackenbush is expected to have a role in the bullpen, but his Opening Day roster spot was reportedly non-guaranteed when spring training started a couple of weeks ago. With the additions of Shawn Kelley and Brandon Maurer via offseason trades, there are more viable alternatives to work the ninth inning than there were during the second half of last season after Huston Street was traded to the Angels.