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Joaquin Benoit | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/26/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1996 / UDFA / TEX
Contract: view contract details

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Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) felt good after throwing in the outfield on Sunday.
Benoit has been sidelined for about a week and a half with with right shoulder inflammation, but he could be ready for a bullpen session by the end of the week. The veteran reliever should be back sometime this month if all goes well. May 2 - 7:21 PM

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Mariners placed RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 22, with right shoulder inflammation.

Benoit has been dealing with discomfort in the area for a while now, so he'll get some extended rest. The Mariners have called up Mayckol Guaipe to take his place in the bullpen.
Apr 25 - 5:29 PM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) threw a scoreless inning Saturday in his return to the mound.

Benoit had to pitch around a two-out error by Adam Lind but did so without any issues, preserving a one-run lead in the eighth inning. It was the veteran reliever's first appearance in over a week, as he's been battling a sore shoulder. The Mariners expect him to be fine.
Apr 17 - 8:16 AM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) should be available to pitch Friday against the Yankees.

Servais said that Benoit felt good in his most recent throwing session. Shoulder soreness is never welcome, but this looks like it is not a major injury. The veteran reliever also dealt with a bit of a back injury this spring, but that type of stuff is to be expected from a 38-year-old going on his 15th major league season.
Apr 13 - 7:40 PM

Joaquin Benoit is dealing with some shoulder soreness.

Benoit was unavailable in the eighth inning on Sunday, during which Joel Peralta served up a game-tying home run to Marcus Semien. The M's went on to lose in 10 innings. Benoit expects to be good to go within a couple of days.
Apr 11 - 6:23 PM

Joaquin Benoit hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 14 due to back soreness.

But that is supposed to change on Wednesday night against the A's, and Mariners skipper Scott Servais has assured reporters the back issue wasn't all that serious. Benoit is slated to open the 2016 season in a setup role for Seattle closer Steve Cishek. The veteran right-hander could easily fall into some saves.
Mar 23 - 6:17 PM

Joaquin Benoit threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Friday and reported no problems with his back or hamstring afterwards.

The 38-year-old hurler has dealt with a variety of injuries the past few seasons, but enters camp with a relatively clean bill of health. He's slated to open the year as the primary setup man ahead of closer Steve Cishek, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him ascend to that ninth-inning role before the season is through.
Feb 27 - 9:35 AM

Joaquin Benoit (hamstring, back) is expected to work out on Tuesday.

Benoit skipped Monday's workout with some tightness in his hamstring and lower back. It's something he has dealt with in the past few spring trainings, so he's just taking it easy in the early part of camp.
Feb 23 - 10:36 AM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Monday that Joaquin Benoit "has some tightness in his hamstring and lower back."

"We may back off a little bit with him today," Servais said. Benoit is 38, so it's not a surprise that he has a few aches and pains at the beginning of camp. He should ultimately be fine and is slated to set up for closer Steve Cishek this season.
Feb 22 - 5:42 PM

Mariners acquired RHP Joaquin Benoit from the Padres for RHP Enyel De Los Santos and INF Nelson Ward.

San Diego exercised a $7.5 million option on Benoit nine days ago, and the M's will apparently cover all of it. That's not a bad rate for a solid back-end bullpen presence, and Seattle isn't forking over any top prospects in the swap. Benoit, 38, posted a 2.34 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings this year for the Friars. The offseason is young, but he could be in line for saves with the Mariners.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 01:23:00 PM

Padres exercised RHP Joaquin Benoit's $7.5 million option for 2016.

They would have owed him a $1 million buyout had they declined the option. $7.5 million is a significant amount to pay an aging setup man, especially for a team without a big payroll. However, Benoit put up a 2.34 ERA and 63/23 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings in 2015 and he could wind up sliding into the closer role should the Padres wind up trading Craig Kimbrel.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 07:05:00 PM

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.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 10:58:00 AM

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.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 08:17:00 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.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 02:07:00 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.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 09:18:00 PM

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C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Joel Peralta
5Tony Zych
6Nick Vincent
7Evan Scribner
8Ryan Cook
9Vidal Nuno
10Mike Montgomery
11Mayckol Guaipe
12Steve Johnson