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Joaquin Benoit | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/26/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Joaquin Benoit said Saturday that he wants to play "a couple more years."
Benoit turned 38 in July, but he's showed no signs of slowing down with a 2.34 ERA and 63/23 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings this season. The Padres hold an $8 million option on him for 2016, which is reasonable especially considering they'd owe him a $1.5 million buyout if they declined it. However, it appears the club might not be anxious to commit that much to a setup man when they already owe a big chunk of change to closer Craig Kimbrel. Benoit will have no trouble finding a taker for his services if the Padres do indeed let him walk. Oct 4 - 10:58 AM

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Joaquin Benoit (back) served up the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of Thursday's loss to the Rockies in his return to the mound.

Benoit hadn't been available for nearly a week due to back spasms. He's expected to be fine moving forward.
Sep 11 - 8:17 AM

Joaquin Benoit (back) is unavailable again on Monday.

Benoit came down with back spasms on Sunday. The 38-year-old setup man is considered day-to-day.
Sep 7 - 2:07 PM

Joaquin Benoit was unavailable on Sunday due to back spasms.

While the injury is believed to be minor, it's certainly something for fantasy owners to keep an eye on moving forward. The 38-year-old hurler owns a 2.30 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 54/23 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings as the primary setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel.
Sep 6 - 9:18 PM

Joaquin Benoit (arm) threw a scoreless inning in his return to action Sunday against the Rockies.

So much for that dead arm. Benoit hadn't appeared in a game since last Monday due to fatigue and there was talk this weekend that he might have to spend some time on the disabled list, but he looked plenty sharp on Sunday afternoon in earning his fifth hold of the season. The 37-year-old setup man should be a full-go moving forward.
May 4 - 10:00 AM

Padres manager Bud Black said Sunday that it's possible Joaquin Benoit (arm) could go on the disabled list.

Benoit is going through a "dead arm" phase. His status remains day-to-day and even hour-to-hour, as it's possible he could be available as soon as Sunday but also possible he'll be shut down for a couple weeks.
May 3 - 2:36 PM

Padres manager Bud Black said Joaquin Benoit is battling dead arm.

That would explain why he hasn't pitched since Monday. Benoit hasn't been all that effective this season (4.09 ERA in 12 appearances) and no longer carries fantasy value with Craig Kimbrel first in line for saves. Dale Thayer will serve as the Padres' setup man while Benoit is out of commission.
May 2 - 6:39 PM

Joaquin Benoit locked down his first save of the season in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Benoit struck out two in picking up the save, though the Cubs attempted to make it interesting in the weakest way possible. With two outs, Chris Denorfia hit an infield single. Dexter Fowler followed this up with a bunt single to bring the tying run the plate. Benoit slammed the door on the mini rally when he struck out Jorge Soler to end the game. The aged veteran has allowed just one run in his first eight innings on the mound. He won't see many save opportunities with Craig Kimbrel locked in as closer, but in formats that honor holds, Benoit has value.
Apr 19 - 5:40 PM

Joaquin Benoit fanned a pair of Rockies in one scoreless inning of work on Sunday.

Benoit performed well last season, taking over as the Padres' closer following the Huston Street trade. He'll reprise that role going into 2015. With a revamped and competitive Padres roster, he should have plenty of opportunities for saves.
Mar 8 - 8:18 PM

Joaquin Benoit picked up a save Friday in a 4-1 game against the Giants.

Despite missing over three weeks, Benoit has been thrust right back into the closer's role this week and gotten the job done, collecting saves two of the last three days. He has a minuscule 1.49 ERA in 54 1/3 innings for the season.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 01:58:00 AM

Padres manager Bud Black on Tuesday was non-committal on Joaquin Benoit's role for the final week of the season.

Benoit returned to action Sunday after missing nearly a month with shoulder fatigue, and he was available to pitch Tuesday. However, Kevin Quackenbush has pitched well in the closer role and it's possible Black will choose not to shake things up in the final few days of the season.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:33:00 AM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) tossed a perfect inning Sunday in his first appearance since August 26.

Benoit missed close to a month with a right shoulder injury. He struck out two of the three batters he faced Sunday in his return to action and could rack up another save or two before the 2014 regular season comes to a close. Benoit owns a stellar 1.55 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 62/14 K/BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings this season.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 08:30:00 AM

The Padres could ease Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) back into game action before using him in save situations.

Benoit is expected to be available out of the bullpen starting on Friday after missing the last few weeks with a shoulder issue. With the veteran reliever likely to pitch in a low-leverage situation or two before returning to the ninth inning, fantasy owners shouldn't drop Kevin Quackenbush just yet.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 06:56:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) could rejoin the Padres' bullpen on Friday.

Benoit threw a bullpen session Sunday with no issues and will throw another 'pen session Wednesday. If that goes well, he'll be cleared to return to action. It remains to be seen whether the reliever will immediately regain his closer job, but he certainly needs to be owned in fantasy leagues.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 07:15:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

He's expected to need only one additional 'pen session after that before being cleared to return to action. It's not clear whether Benoit will immediately regain his closer job or be eased back into things, but fantasy owners should scoop him up now if they're in need of saves.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 11:05:00 AM

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Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
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