Report: Tigers, Pirates, Indians showing interest in Padres' Benoit
The Tigers, Pirates and Indians are showing the most interest in Street's former set-up man, Joaquin Benoit, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. However, it's still "up in the air" if the Padres deal Benoit, which would leave their bullpen thin on late-inning arms.
Benoit comes with a hefty price tag for a non-closer. He's in the first year of a two-year, $15.5 million contract. The Tigers and Pirates already have Joe Nathan and Mark Melancon, respectively, as their closers, while Cody Allen and John Axford have split time in the role for the Indians.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that up to 15 teams are looking to shore up their bullpens before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Just talked to a scout who said, "There are 15 teams out there looking for relievers.'' #beefupthatpen— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 21, 2014
Benoit has a 1.99 ERA in 40 2/3 innings this season. He recorded his only save of the season on April 19 in a 3-1 win over the Giants.
- Evan Webeck