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Report: Tigers set to sign Benoit

Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:07 am
Edited on: November 17, 2010 11:48 am
 

A day after John Buck cashed in on a comeback season, setup man Joaquin Benoit is set to do the same, according to a report from FOXSports.com. Sources say the 33-year-old right-hander is close to a deal with Detroit for as long as three years.

Benoit's career was on the ropes after he put up a 5.00 ERA for the Rangers in 2008 and then missed 2009 due to major shoulder surgery. The Rays signed him to a $750,000 deal at the start of spring training last year and got a huge return on that investment as he dominated: 63 appearances, 1.34 ERA, 0.680 WHIP and 75 strikeouts against 11 walks.

The Tigers are set with Jose Valverde as closer, but Benoit would give them a dynamite right-handed setup man and a fallback in case Valverde's elbow soreness crops up again.

UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes says Benoit's deal is worth $5.5 million per year for three years, plus another $1 million per year in incentives for a total potential payout of $19.5 million. Holy cow. Considering the size and quality of the reliever market this winter, owners can't like the precedent this sets. You can practically hear Scott Boras (agent for top free-agent closer Rafael Soriano) drooling.

-- David Andriesen

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Comments

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2010 4:13 pm
 

Report: Tigers set to sign Benoit

5.5 Mil per year?  Why must they spend so much on a setup man who may repeat last years performance or may repeat his 2008 performance.  He won't be the first pitcher to come here and make a complete reversal on his performance.  I do not like this deal.  If you are going to spend this kind of cash get someone you know is going to perform at a high level.



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2010 4:09 pm
 

Report: Tigers set to sign Benoit

That's a very very good comment, actually...



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2010 4:08 pm
 

Report: Tigers set to sign Benoit

That's a very very good comment actually...



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2010 3:57 pm
 

Report: Tigers set to sign Benoit

Hope he throws Benoit Strikes, not Benoit Balls.

Go Tigers!!!


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