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Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

Posted on: November 17, 2010 4:09 pm
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The price of middle relief continues to rise.

The Tigers have agreed to terms on a deal with Joaquin Benoit for $16.5 million over three years, baseball sources confirmed to CBSSports.com.

While Benoit had an outstanding season as the Rays' eighth-inning specialist, with a 1.34 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP in 63 appearances, he has yet to have back-to-back good seasons in his career. He didn't pitch at all in 2009, and thus has pitched barely 100 innings in the last three years combined. A year ago, Benoit signed with the Rays on a minor-league deal for $10,000 a month.

If Benoit is anywhere close to as good with the Tigers as he was with the Rays, he substantially strengthens a back end of the bullpen that also includes closer Jose Valverde, as well as Ryan Perry and Joel Zumaya.

The Tigers have money to spend and are trying hard to win next year. They're also talking to free agent Adam Dunn, but they're not yet believed to be close to a deal with him.

The Rays would have liked to retain Benoit, but their decreasing payroll gave them little chance in an exploding market. The Rays need to rebuilt their entire bullpen, and need to do it on a very limited budget.
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Category: MLB
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Since: Nov 2, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:29 pm
 

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

With Jaoquin Benoit and Rafael Soriano, the Rays were something like 57 out of 60 in games they were leading after the 7th. When all is said and done, it comes down to dollers per Win. Having a near shutdown 8th-9th inning combo is some of the best money a team can spend. As a Rays fan, I really think the Rays Front Office let a big one get away. The whole time after the playoffs the talk has been that re-signing either Benoit or Soriano was the top priority and now that seems very unlikely.

The Tigers have gotten a Top-Notch releiver and a Great Clubhouse Guy. Our loss, Tigers Big Gain.



Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2010 10:02 am
 

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

How can you even start to lock someone up for 3 years and all that money when he hasn't pitched a full season? Yeah his numbers are great, but he is not proven to be in the long haul. Don't we have enough Pitchers that can't make it a full season?


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