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Joaquin Benoit | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (39) / 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 blew a save Sunday in the Phillies' loss to the Nationals.
Benoit entered the game with the Phillies leading 4-3, but he issued a one-out walk to Chris Heisey, a one-out single to Adam Eaton, and then Bryce Harper slugged a triumphant three-run walkoff homer. Benoit was recently named the Phillies' new closer, replacing Jeanmar Gomez. Hector Neris remains a must-stash. Apr 16 - 5:17 PM

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Joaquin Benoit turned in a spotless ninth inning to record his first save as the Phillies' newly-anointed closer on Saturday against the Nationals.

He came on to face the heart of the Nationals' batting order while protecting a two-run advantage. He induced Bryce Harper into grounding out to shortstop. Daniel Murphy flied out to center field and then Ryan Zimmerman popped out in foul territory. The veteran reliever seemed unfazed by the pressure and is poised to collect saves at least until the trade deadline in late July. He is unscored upon in five innings so far this season.
Apr 15 - 4:17 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Monday that Joaquin Benoit will be the team's closer for the time being.

Jeanmar Gomez being booted from the role seemed to be a foregone conclusion, it was just a matter of whether Mackanin went with Hector Neris or Benoit as the replacement. He's elected to go with the 39-year-old Benoit, who posted a 2.81 ERA with over a strikeout per inning in 2016 and who has tossed three scoreless frames to start 2017. Neris is undoubtedly the most talented guy in the Phillies' bullpen and could eventually get a shot, but Philly probably considered his arbitration cost here. Benoit should do just fine in the role and is obviously worth picking up in all fantasy formats.
Apr 10 - 4:19 PM

Joaquin Benoit returned to the mound Tuesday and pitched a scoreless innings despite hitting two batters and walking another.

Benoit pitched like someone who hadn't worked in a game in 17 days, probably because he hadn't. The veteran setup man had been sidelined by an infection in his neck.
Mar 14 - 4:14 PM

Joaquin Benoit hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game in over a week due to an infection in the beck of his neck.

It doesn't sound like a big deal, but Benoit was coy when asked Monday whether he'll pitch in a game soon, saying, "we’ll see Tuesday." Jeanmar Gomez is expected to get the first shot to close for the Phillies, but Hector Neris and Benoit should be in the mix.
Mar 6 - 8:16 PM

Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer considers Joaquin Benoit the favorite to close for the Phillies this season.

Jeanmar Gomez saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but he faded down the stretch and he's expected to have a different role in 2017. Hector Neris might be the team's most talented reliever, but he could be kept in a setup role for now. Benoit is 39 and got off to a rough start last season in Seattle, but he finished strong after going to Toronto with a 0.38 ERA across 25 appearances. Philly's goal is probably for Benoit to have a nice first half in the closer role and then trade him at the deadline.

Phillies signed RHP Joaquin Benoit to a one-year, $7.5 million contract.

Jim Salisbury of first reported that the two sides were close while Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported the contract terms. Benoit finished strong with the Blue Jays in 2016 after coming over from the Mariners, putting up a 0.38 ERA and 24/9 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings before tearing a calf muscle. The good news is that the 39-year-old has already begun running in preparation for 2017. He'll serve in a set-up role with his new team.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 12:04:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit will make $7.5 million on his new one-year free agent contract with the Phillies.

That info comes from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Benoit agreed to the one-year deal with Philly on Sunday and it should be finalized later this week after the veteran right-hander passes a physical. He finished strong with the Blue Jays in 2016, posting a 0.38 ERA and 24/9 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings after a deadline trade from the Mariners. Benoit was dreadful during his short time in Seattle.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 03:55:00 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that the Phillies are closing in on a deal with free agent right-hander Joaquin Benoit.

The 39-year-old hurler missed the final week of the regular season and all of the postseason after tearing a muscle in his calf. After struggling in the first half of the season, Benoit posted a stellar 0.38 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 24/9 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings after a deadline deal to the Blue Jays. He could compete for save chances with Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Neris.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:10:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit (calf) has resumed running and plans to pitch in 2017.

Benoit tore a calf muscle in the final week of the regular season and was unable to pitch in the playoffs, but he's recovered now and has drawn interest on the free agent market. The 39-year-old proved he still has something left after posting a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances with the Blue Jays down the stretch.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 12:12:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit (calf) is no longer using crutches and has resumed throwing on flat ground.

Benoit has been unavailable so far this postseason after tearing a calf muscle in the final week of the regular season. It's possible he could make it back if the Blue Jays advance to the World Series, but even that isn't a given. Benoit obviously needs to resume throwing off a mound before a potential return can be seriously talked about.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 04:33:00 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that Joaquin Benoit (calf) won't be ready for the ALCS.

It's not a big surprise. Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle in the final week of the regular season and Blue Jays trainer George Poulis recently said that his recovery has gone "very slow."
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Blue Jays trainer George Poulis said Joaquin Benoit's recovery from a torn calf muscle has gone "very slow."

Benoit has been getting daily treatment but is still on crutches.'s Gregor Chisholm indicated that Benoit doesn't have "much of a shot" at making it back for the ALCS, should the Blue Jays make it that far. The 39-year-old allowed just one run in 25 appearances for Toronto before his injury.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 04:59:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit has been diagnosed with a torn muscle in his calf.

He won't pitch again in the regular season, but it sounds like the veteran reliever could be an option at some point in October if the Blue Jays are able to make a deep postseason run. Benoit suffered the injury during Monday's benches-clearing fracas with the Yankees. He had registered a fantastic 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings with Toronto.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 04:22:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit (calf) was seen leaving the clubhouse on crutches.

That doesn't sound good. Benoit reportedly injured his calf in the scrum during Monday's benches-clearing brawl. While no official diagnosis has been announced, it sounds like it's potentially serious.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 12:14:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Cameron Rupp
2Andrew Knapp
1B1Tommy Joseph
2Brock Stassi
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Howie Kendrick
2Daniel Nava
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Michael Saunders
2Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Aaron Nola
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Vince Velasquez
5Zach Eflin
6Clay Buchholz
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Neris
2Joaquin Benoit
3Jeanmar Gomez
4Pat Neshek
5Edubray Ramos
6Joely Rodriguez
7Luis Garcia
8Mark Leiter