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Joaquin Benoit | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/26/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Padres manager Bud Black said that Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) could be available as soon as Friday.
If not Friday, Benoit is expected to be ready to go on Saturday. There was some worry that the reliever's wonky shoulder could send him to the disabled list, but he threw a bullpen session Thursday with no issues. Aug 21 - 8:38 PM

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Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Thursday.

Benoit has been dealing with a shoulder issue for the last several days to the point that a stint on the disabled list was a possibility. However, it appears after the 'pen session Thursday that a DL move will be avoided. Benoit owners should scoop up Kevin Quackenbush just in case, though.
Aug 21 - 7:05 PM

According to MLB.com's Corey Brock, closer Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) may need a disabled list stint.

Benoit hasn't pitched since last Wednesday due to some crankiness in his right shoulder. Kevin Quackenbush earned his first save of the season on Wednesday night against the Dodgers and is worth grabbing in all mixed fantasy leagues for the stretch run. Shoulder injuries tend to linger, and Quackenbush owns a strong 2.29 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 37/13 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings this year.
Aug 21 - 8:52 AM

Joaquin Benoit will not be available Sunday due to what Padres manager Bud Black referred to as a "cranky" shoulder.

The good news is that the club expects Benoit to be fine after Monday's off day. However, Kevin Quackenbush should be stashed just in case, as he's been the team's main setup man of late. Dale Thayer also has some closing experience and is a worthy add.
Aug 17 - 12:20 PM

Joaquin Benoit got into some two-out trouble, but was able to preserve the Padres' two-run lead and pick up his seventh save on Wednesday against the Rockies.

Benoit quickly got two outs in the ninth, but surrendered a single to Ben Paulsen and a double to Charlie Blackmon, putting the tying run in scoring position. Benoit was able to get Drew Stubbs to foul out to right field to end the game. The right-hander is 6-for-7 in save chances since taking over for the departed Huston Street. On the year, he has a 1.64 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, and a 59/14 K/BB ratio.
Aug 13 - 9:48 PM

Joaquin Benoit struck out the side Monday to earn his sixth save as the Padres beat the Rockies 4-3.

He didn't face a murderer's row of Rockies -- whiffing Wilin Rosario, Josh Rutledge and Ben Paulsen -- but it was still a dominant frame. The veteran right-hander boasts a 1.68 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 58/14 K/BB ratio through 48 innings this season. It's lucky he didn't get traded at the deadline, because Benoit should be a top-flight fantasy closer through the end of the season (assuming San Diego doesn't ship out the 37-year-old in a waiver deal).
Aug 12 - 1:51 AM

Joaquin Benoit threw a perfect inning for his fifth save Saturday as the Padres beat the Pirates 2-1.

Benoit struck out two of the three batters he faced in the dominant frame. He survived the trade deadline and now boasts a 1.71 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 55/14 K/BB ratio through 47 1/3 innings this season. The veteran right-hander should continue to provide great fantasy value down the stretch.
Aug 9 - 10:11 PM

Joaquin Benoit escaped a jam to pick up his fourth save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Twins.

It wasn't easy, as Benoit permitted a leadoff single to Kurt Suzuki, who was then sacrificed to second. He got Danny Santana to fly out and Eduardo Nunez to pop out to end it following a two-out walk. Benoit had blown his previous save chance, but that was due to an unearned run. He boasts a 1.75 ERA this season and could be a top-flight closer for a Padres team that's playing better ball of late.
Aug 6 - 5:12 PM

Joaquin Benoit allowed an unearned run in the ninth inning to take his first blown save against the Braves on Sunday.

Benoit gave up a leadoff double to Jason Heyward, and a Yangervis Solarte error allowed the run to score. Benoit went on to strike out two over the rest of the inning, but the damage was done. The right-hander is still having a terrific year, owning a 1.79 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 53/13 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings this season. Sunday's blemish shouldn't too much count against him.
Aug 3 - 10:35 PM

The Padres didn't trade Joaquin Benoit before Thursday's non-waiver trading deadline.

Great news for Benoit owners, as the 37-year-old remains San Diego's closer. It wouldn't be a surprise, however, if Benoit is moved in a waivers trade in August. The reliever is under contract for $8 million next season and has an $8 million vesting option in 2016. Those numbers are reasonable enough that a contender won't blink an eye, and likely prohibitive enough for non-contenders to pass on him during the waiver process.
Jul 31 - 5:29 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Dodgers are "trying hard" to land Joaquin Benoit.

Benoit is under contract with the Padres through 2015 and carries a vesting option for 2016, so the San Diego front office isn't fully set on moving him. But the Dodgers need bullpen help and have the farm system to get something done with their division foes.
Jul 31 - 12:16 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are interested in Joaquin Benoit.

The Yankees' bullpen has been a strength this season, but they could opt to just load up on relief help if they can't get another addition to their rotation. Benoit is also drawing interest from the Dodgers, but the Padres are reluctant to trade within the division and aren't sure they want to deal Benoit at all. The reliever is under contract for $8 million next season and has an $8 million vesting option for 2016.
Jul 30 - 1:50 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are interested in Joaquin Benoit, but the Padres "would prefer not to trade him within division, if they trade him at all."

It's a little silly, given that San Diego is unlikely to contend before Benoit's contract expires. The 37-year-old has taken over as closer for the Padres following the trade of Huston Street and is under contract for $8 million next season and has an $8 million vesting option for 2016.
Jul 30 - 11:56 AM

Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless ninth in a 3-1 game for his third save Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Benoit was perfect outside of plunking Daniel Descalso. That exhale you heard was San Diego's front office, which is reportedly shopping Benoit. With a 4.91 ERA in July and six walks over his last four appearances, shopping was making that task a little more difficult for them. Benoit is one of the best relievers on the market. He boasts a 1.88 ERA and 0.84 WHIP.
Jul 30 - 1:41 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears from a major league source that there is "still a good chance" that the Padres deal Joaquin Benoit before Thursday's trade deadline.

The Padres have already traded Huston Street this month, but they could also move Benoit if the right offer comes along. The Tigers are likely out as a possibility after the Joakim Soria deal, but teams like the Pirates and Indians could be in the mix. Benoit is owed $8 million next season while his contract includes an $8 million vesting option or $1.5 million buyout for 2016, so the Padres have no sense of urgency to move him. Dale Thayer could take over the closer role if Benoit ends up elsewhere.
Jul 29 - 12:57 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Rene Rivera
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Everth Cabrera
2Alexi Amarista
3B1Chris Nelson
2Yangervis Solarte
LF1Carlos Quentin
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Will Venable
2Cameron Maybin
RF1Seth Smith
2Jake Goebbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Cashner
2Ian Kennedy
3Tyson Ross
4Eric Stults
5Odrisamer Despaigne
6Joe Wieland
7Casey Kelly
8Josh Johnson
9Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Dale Thayer
4Nick Vincent
5Alex Torres
6Tim Stauffer
7Troy Patton
8Blaine Boyer
9Frank Garces