FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Drew Storen pitches during baseball spring training in Dunedin, Fla. Struggling relief pitcher Storen had been designated for assignment by the Blue Jays. (Frank Gunn /The Canadian Press
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July 27, 2016

TORONTO (AP) Looking to better their bullpen, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Joaquin Benoit from the Seattle Mariners for fellow right-hander Drew Storen and cash in a swap of struggling relievers.

The busy Blue Jays announced the trade Tuesday night, minutes after rallying to beat San Diego 7-6 in 12 innings. It was their second deal of the day: Hours earlier, Toronto obtained outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and cash from the Padres for minor league right-hander Hansel Rodriguez.

Benoit, who turned 39 on Tuesday, is 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA in 26 games this season.

The 28-year-old Storen was designated for assignment Sunday by Toronto after going 1-3 with three saves and a 6.21 ERA in 38 appearances.

Toronto is two games behind first-place Baltimore in the AL East and holds the league's top wild-card spot.

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