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
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
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