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Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

Posted on: November 17, 2010 4:09 pm
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

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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Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:29 am

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

control issues were his problem when he was younger.  he seems to have figured out that problem walking 11 in 63 innings last year.  i think the surgery and rehab did wonders for him.  he came back better than ever.  if he is even a shell of the pitcher he was last year, it's a great signing.

bullpen is one of the most important parts of the team now.  starters usually go 7 innings and on comes the setup and closer.  if valverde can regain his form from the beginning of last year.  that one two combo could be lethal for detroit.

now it's time to shell out the serious cash for some bats.  if i had two wishes this offseason for detroit, it'd be crawford and dunn.  MAKE IT HAPPEN DOMBROWSKI!!!!

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:52 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

That's ridiculous money for a guy who hasn't even had 2 good seasons in a row. Money mouth

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:35 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

Great signing.  A little expensive, but still great.  Besides, it's not like it's our money--if they want to spend, I'm happy.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 8:07 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years


while he hasn't been a proven commodity for his entire career -- in 2007, he had a 2.80 era with a 1.05 WHIP.  I'll take that all day.  2008 he tried pitching thru an injury, ended up having surgery and missing all of 2009 rehabbing.  THAT is why he was underpaid last year.

he was the best setup man on the market -- i like the tigers being agressive and getting him signed.  it fills a need and now they can move on to signing a big bat, like Dunn, to hit behind cabrera.

dombroski knows what he is doing -- he fleeced the marlins in the cabrera deal, even with getting willis.  trading granderson and edwin jackson at their peak value was genius.  scherzer is a better pitcher than jackson right now.  he had a 2.24 ERA over his last 24 starts.  austin jackson should have won the ROY award.  Coke was a rock in the bullpen.

by trading away those two guys -- it's locked down major league ready talent at a minimum.  scherzer and jackson are signed for the next 5 years for 500k. 

damn -- have to run now -- had more to say.  LOL

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 7:57 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

It's alot of money for a setup guy, but that is the direction the MLB is moving toward.  Pitchers are being limited to 100-110 pitches and closer and setup men are valuable commodities.

Do I expect Benoit to have the same year as he did last year?  I would guess not.  A stud reliever will have a WHIP in the .90-1.00 range.  Benoit had a 0.68 last year.  30 hits in 63 innings.  That is filthy.  75k in 63 innings.  Filthy.  Seeing as his ERA was in the 1.50 range -- I don't think he can duplicate that either.  He keeps it in the 2.00's and he'd be worth every penny.

I said fom the last day of the regular season -- the tigers were going to be major players in the free agent market.  We had 70 million bux come off the books.  We re-signed Inge and Peralta on the cheap.  I wouldn't be suprised to see Detroit lock down Adam Dunn in the next couple days.  I also think you'll see them throw their hat into the ring for Crawford too.

We could sign Benoit, Crawford AND Dunn and our payroll would still be less than it was last year.  I just hope they are able to close the deal on Dunn.  Detroit NEEDS someone hitting behind Cabrera.  Last year after the all-star break - teams just intentionally walked Cabrera whenever runners were in scoring position.  Hell -- Tampa Bay walked the bases loaded THREE STRAIGHT GAMES with 2 outs by walking Cabrera.  With Dunn -- that won't happen.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2010 6:44 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

From underpaid to overpaid, the story of the 1 year wonder.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 6:42 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

Find it humourous when a New York fan whines about another team spending money.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2010 6:40 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

Yeah but who IS it forcing teams to spend?
Yankees could be an example instead of an open checkbook

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2010 6:38 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

Extremely risky deal for the tigers but I hope it works out, I just think its another player having a great year in a contract year. I dont expect Benoit to have as good a year as last and hopefully he stays healthy.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 6:23 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

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