Padres complete 2-year deal with reliever Benoit

The San Diego Padres and reliever Joaquin Benoit have completed

a $15.5 million, two-year contract that includes a vesting option

for 2016.

The team announced the move Saturday. The sides agreed to the

deal on Dec. 18, pending a physical.

Benoit, who turns 37 in July, is expected to replace setup man

Luke Gregerson, who was traded to Oakland for outfielder Seth

Smith.

In his first season as the Detroit Tigers’ closer, Benoit had 24

saves in 26 chances this year. But in Game 2 of the AL championship

series, he allowed a tying grand slam by Boston’s David Ortiz that

was a turning point in the series.

To make room for Benoit on the 40-man roster, the Padres

designated minor league right-hander Adys Portillo for

assignment.