San Diego, CA- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Detroit Tigers are targeting San Diego Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit and not closer Huston Street. Rosenthal reports that the Tigers are no longer actively pursuing Huston Street at this time, as they are interested in acquiring a reliever like “Joaquin Benoit” that doesn’t view himself as a pure closer. As the Tigers have maintained their stance that despite his struggles Joe Nathan will remain the Tigers closer.
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Joaquin Benoit was a reliever for the Detroit Tigers from 2011-13 and this season with the San Diego Padres has been dominant with a 1.86 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.
I’m surprised the Tigers aren’t interested in Huston Street, as he has been the best closer in all of baseball this season. Street is (1-0) with a 1.05 ERA and is 24 for 25 in save opportunities. Street despite his injuries has converted 80 of 84 save opportunities with the San Diego Padres since being acquired in 2012 from the Colorado Rockies.
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It has been well known around baseball that with the way the Padres have performed this season both Street and Benoit were available, but the Padres only intend to trade one of them. The Padres plan on keeping one of the two to be the teams closer for next season and beyond.
There has been vast interest around the league for the Padres top two relievers and it would take a significant amount in return for the Padres to trade both Street and Benoit. The Angels have had the most interest in Street and the Tigers have had the most interest in Benoit. It’ll be interested to see who can complete a deal with the Padres first, because the team does not will have to give up a significant amount in return for the Padres to give up a second reliever.