With the active fire sale in full affect, the Padres’ are still looking to dump payroll and to move current closer Joaquin Benoit. It is being reported by Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal that the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to acquire the 37-year old reliever to help strengthen the bullpen.
Dodgers Eyeing Joaquin Benoit http://t.co/uSzn6LK9bd
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2014
The Padres signed the right-hander to a 2-year $15.5 million deal this past off season to strengthen the set up role for former closer Huston Street. When Street was traded earlier this month to the Los Angeles Angels, Benoit assumed the role and has recorded two saves in that time.
Benoit continues to shine in the bullpen posting a 4-2 record with 1.88 ERA in 42 games this season. He has been one of the premier set-up men in the game over the last several seasons and was also successful as the Detroit Tigers closer last season.
The Dodger are looking to strengthen their bullpen in a run to the postseason. Former Giants closer Brian Wilson has struggled this season coming back from arm surgery and has been shaky as the eighth inning man. By adding Benoit, it will provide the Dodgers with a very strong back end of the bullpen.
With both Street and Chase Headley already dealt, Benoit becomes one the marquee targets for teams making a run in the postseason and would demand a top prospect. As Rosenthal points out, the Padres reluctance to trade within the division makes the deal questionable.