Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported yesterday that the Dodgers and Yankees are interested in acquiring Joaquin Benoit.
The Dodgers have reportedly focused their interest on reinforcing their bullpen with an elite reliever, rather than giving up one of their top prospects to acquire one of the top starting pitchers on the market.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Padres would prefer not to trade Benoit within the division, but if the Dodgers offer a deal the Padres can’t refuse then the Padres must seriously consider it. Let’s be honest, with or without Benoit the Dodgers are still vastly more talented than the Padres and the Padres goal should be acquiring talent that allow themselves to compete with the rest of the National League. If the Dodgers are willing to give the Padres talent that allows them to achieve this, then make the deal.
After trading all-star closer Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month in a six player deal , it was assumed that the San Diego Padres would retain Joaquin Benoit to be the teams closer next season. Yet with many contenders desperately needing a closer or set-up man at the trade deadline, it may be in the Padres best interest to trade Joaquin Benoit if their offered a good amount of talent in return.
There has been vast interest around the league for Benoit and it would take a significant amount in return for the Padres to trade their best remaining reliever. The Tigers, Pirates and Indians have been reported to have the most interest in Joaquin Benoit. The Tigers were assumed to have the most interest in Joaquin Benoit due to their past relationship as Benoit was a reliever for the Detroit Tigers from 2011-13. The Tigers are likely out of the running for Benoit after they traded the assets needed to acquire Benoit to the Rangers last week for Joakim Soria.
Benoit with the San Diego Padres this season has been dominant with a 1.93 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 42 innings of work.