Reports: Padres, Benoit nearing 2-year deal
The Padres are close to adding a back-end reliever since losing setup man Luke Gregerson, CBS Sports‘ Jon Heyman reports. San Diego and former Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit are apparently close to finalizing a two-year agreement worth $15.5 million. The deal is pending a physical.
Benoit moved into the closer’s role for Detroit last year, but he is expected to serve as setup man for Huston Street in San Diego.
The 36-year-old veteran was steady over three years with Detroit, posting a 2.89 ERA in 205 appearances.
The Padres traded Gregerson to Oakland two weeks ago for Seth Smith.
Heyman also reported the Padres are still seeking a left-handed reliever, but intend to hold onto third baseman Chase Headley.
– Joey Nowak