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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: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2010 6:16 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

Don't blame the salary cap on the Yankees, Tigers, or any other team.

If you want to blame anyone then have a talk with the players union, the greedy players and scumbag lawyers. Does anyone think the Yankees wanted to give Sabathia 170 million for 7 years? Does anyone think the Yankees are comfortable giving Rivera a 2-3 year deal at his age at 15 million a year plus? If Jeter is worth 20 million a year, what is Troy Tulowiski worth?

The union says no salary cap and why should they. Everyone is making money, even those teams that can't afford players. It's just they make less, that's all.

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2010 5:52 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

If there ever was a reason for a salary cap in baseball, this is it.  How can you justify giving a guy 5 million a year for being a set up guy who has only done it for one year.  I get it, if teams are dumb enough to spend this type of money on a guy like this, its their own dumb fault.  But is this were baseball wants to be?  Givng ok talent 5 million a year to be a setup guy.  Gil Meche got 11 million from the Royals.  Lets face it, baseball needs a hard cap similar to what hockey has. Since baseball is a bigger market then Hockey give them like 75-80 million to sign 27 players.  There is no reason why basball cant join the rest of the major sports in thie country and finally get a salary cap.  Sadly we all know it will never happen.  As long as the Yankees are still good, there will never be a salary cap

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 5:50 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

Yeah, a ny fan should talk about overspending our current payroll is 1/4 of yours, write it down.  We have about 50 mil on the books for next year and now you want to say ny isnt the only club spending big dough.  What a joke.  What should we do just sit tight.  I hope we get a couple more guys as well but this is still a good deal if he produces, as it is with any free agent.  Dont they all play for big contracts.  we should have a good pen and rotation next year.  Now we need some more hitting.

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 5:07 pm

Tigers to sign Benoit for 3 years

Good deal if Benoit holds up. It's not a contract that handcuffs a big market team so the risk is worthwhile for the potential benefit of shoreing up that bully.

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2010 4:59 pm
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