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Padres sign Joaquin Benoit

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports and Jon Heyman of are reporting free agent relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit has signed with the Padres.  The deal is for two years, $15.5 million, and is pending a physical.



Benoit will most likely be the setup man for closer Huston Street, although he had 24 saves in 26 opportunities in 2013 as a member of the Detroit Tigers.  Jeff Sanders of the U~T San Diego made a good point in his recent column that Benoit can takeover closing duties if Street goes on the disabled list in 2014. Therefore, Benoit is an upgrade over Luke Gregerson as the setup man, and is versatile enough to be our closer when necessary.

Benoit had a great year in 2013.  He had a 2.01 ERA and allowed only 47 hits in 67 innings pitched.  His WHIP was a career-best 1.03, and he struck out 73 batters.

The question remains whether or not the Padres have the offense to win more games than not?  Benoit and Street will keep leads safe, but do we have the offensive firepower to take the lead in the first place?  If the Padres come back healthy, I believe we do.


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  • javelin9

    Seems ridiculous to spend ~20% of the team payroll on 8th and 9th inning pitchers when there are ZERO everyday players who hit above .250 in 2012. The entire offense hangs on most of the following going right, although it’s not even certain that any of them will: (1) CQ playing more than 100 games, (2) Cameron Maybin repeating his only good year out of the last 6, (3) Headley hitting like he did during the 2nd half of 2011, and (4) Gyorko repeating in a sophomore effort; and (5,6) Cabrera and Grandal’s play being unaffected by their new steroid-free lifestyle. That’s a big question mark for almost everyone on O.

    *The only two to hit above .250 are Deno and Vanable, who platoon.

    • Bernie D’Amato

      You are correct. There are a ton of question marks, but I am optimistic about our chances because the pitching should be solid. If half the guys on offense can do what you say, we should be in the wild card hunt.

      • javelin9

        What you said (which I agree with) is why I’m bummed. We’re relying on at least half of those things above to go right (which are all 50/50 or less IMO) to just be “in the hunt,” which means around .500 as a team. I don’t understand why we put ~20% of the team payroll in our 8th and 9th inning pitchers when we won’t really even be using them in at least 1/2 the games.

        Put another way, I’d rather we concentrate on getting to the 8th and 9th with a lead more often (by investing in offense) than on shoring up the 8th and 9th in those improbable (less then .500) times when we DO get there with a lead.

        • Bernie D’Amato

          I hear you man, but who could we go after on the offensive side? I wouldn’t mind increasing the payroll to the $100 million mark, but even at that level I don’t know how much more value you can expect.

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