Indians and Padres both in on Joaquin Benoit at two years, $14M+. Padres source says their deal may include a third-year option as well.
Joaquin Benoit's rep said to be looking for a deal in the range of $7 million-$10 million annually.
Sources: Teams believe reliever Joaquin Benoit's likeliest destinations are Cleveland, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago Cubs or New York Yankees.
Rockies still looking for late-inning relief, in talks with Joaquin Benoit but remain apart on salary, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.
The #Yankees would love to grab two relievers and have had lots of internal discussions about Joaquin Benoit
#mariners targets include price, cruz, benoit, corey hart (gm jack z drafted him in milwaukee)
Oakland Press "The deadline to extend qualifying offers to impending free agents was 5 p.m. Monday. As general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated Sunday, the Tigers did not make qualifying offers — set at $14.1 million this year — to any of their eight in-house free agents, making them free to negotiate with any..." November 04
The Detroit Tigers will pursue a closer with experience. Joaquin Benoit is in that mix. Lots of free agents out there.
Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he "made a mistake that I take full responsibility for" in not telling closer Joaquin Benoit to exhibit extra care Sunday night with Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Ortiz's eighth-inning grand slam off Benoit turned a four-run Red Sox deficit into a..." October 15
Michigan Live "It is not clear whether closer Joaquin Benoit will be available Thursday afternoon for the Detroit Tigers. With the way the Chicago White Sox are playing it's not clear the Tigers will need him. But Tigers manager Jim Leyland was clearly not thrilled that he felt he had to use Benoit for a..." July 25
Detroit News "If Joaquin Benoit is now closing for the Tigers whenever he can, as it sounds like he will, who will be the Tigers’ set-up man? It can’t be Benoit setting up for Benoit. Although Benoit had a four-out save in Minnesota, “not many people hold up getting four-out saves,” manager Jim Leyland..." June 21
Leyland: "I'm not naming anybody closer. I'm just saying if Benoit was available right now, I would try to close with him."
Detroit Free Press "In April, before Jose Valverde returned, Joaquin Benoit more or less became the Detroit Tigers’ closer when he was available. His assumption of the role didn’t stand out, because the Tigers seldom had save opportunities in those few weeks that Valverde was getting ready in the minors. Today,..." June 20
Detroit Free Press "When the Tigers opened the season in Minnesota this year, the question was, “What will they do without Jose Valverde?” When the Tigers were in Minnesota the last three days, the question was, “What will they do with Jose Valverde?” What manager Jim Leyland did in the ninth inning Sunday was..." June 17
Sporting News "The Detroit Tigers’ closer-by-committee approach is off for now, as the roulette wheel appears to favor Joaquin Benoit. "On a lot of the days, if it's doable, I think (Joaquin) Benoit is the most experienced and versatile enough against righties and lefties to pitch the ninth," manager Jim..." April 11
MLB.com "On the day that Jose Valverde began working out for the Tigers at their Spring Training complex, manager Jim Leyland reiterated his stance on his bullpen. "On a lot of the days, if it's doable, I think [Joaquin] Benoit is the most experienced and versatile enough against righties and lefties to..." April 11
Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland wants to lean on right-hander Joaquin Benoit a bit more in the ninth. It's a challenge that Benoit will gladly welcome. "I don't mind being a closer," he said. "There's more responsibility being a closer, but that's what that this game is about. That's why I..." April 09
Detroit Free Press "As Tigers rookie right-hander Bruce Rondon got dry-docked a few days Monday for mechanical repair, manager Jim Leyland made one thing clear: When it comes to managing with a ninth-inning lead, he'd rather be Sparky Anderson of 1984 than Whitey Herzog of 1985. Herzog's Cardinals won 101 games..." March 05