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Joaquin Benoit | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (40) / 7/26/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1996 / UDFA / TEX
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals signed RHP Joaquin Benoit to a one-year, $1 million contract.
Benoit posted an underwhelming 4.65 ERA and 46/22 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings last season between the Phillies and Pirates, but he was still able to land a guaranteed major league contract at age 40. The veteran right-hander figures to work in middle relief this year with Washington. Feb 21 - 10:40 AM

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According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Nationals have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that it's a one-year guaranteed major league deal worth $1 million. Benoit, now 40 years old, posted a shaky 4.65 ERA in 52 appearances last year between the Pirates and Phillies. He figures to operate in middle relief.
Feb 19 - 3:06 PM

Joaquin Benoit has left the Pirates in order to tend to a family matter in his native Dominican Republic.

It's unclear how long he'll be away, but the Pirates won't need to make a move with rosters being expanded. Benoit holds a 7.56 ERA over eight appearances since joining Pittsburgh.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 05:38:00 PM

Pirates activated RHP Joaquin Benoit from the 10-day disabled list.

He threw a simulated game on Wednesday. For the year, Benoit has an ERA of 4.74 with 45 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 03:42:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit (knee) will throw a simulated game Wednesday.

Benoit has missed a week with knee inflammation. He should be ready to go Friday when rosters expand.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 06:12:00 PM

Pirates placed RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

Benoit walked four batters on Monday night against the Dodgers, though he did ultimately throw two scoreless innings. The veteran right-hander will probably miss two weeks.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 05:07:00 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Joaquin Benoit and cash considerations from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Seth McGarry.

He throws with a different arm, but Benoit will essentially slide into a setup role vacated by Tony Watson. The veteran righty holds a 4.07 ERA and 43/16 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this season.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 04:28:00 PM

Phillies activated RHP Joaquin Benoit from the 10-day disabled list.

Benoit had been out all month with a sprained knee. He'll go back to setting up and could get in the closer mix with Hector Neris struggling.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Phillies placed RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.

It's unclear at this point how long he might be out. Benoit was working on a streak of eight straight scoreless appearances, lowering his season ERA to 3.68. He also has an impressive 1.05 WHIP in 22 total innings this year.
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 03:43:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit surrendered five earned runs while recording just one out Wednesday versus the Mariners.

Benoit walked three and gave up three hits in the top of the seventh inning, quickly turning a 3-3 game into a rout for Seattle. The veteran right-hander owns a 5.79 ERA in 15 total appearances this season. He hasn't earned a save since mid-April, though he does have seven holds.
Wed, May 10, 2017 05:04:00 PM

Joaquin Benoit took his second blown save after giving up a solo homer in the eighth inning Thursday against the Cubs.

It's unclear if Benoit would have been asked to go for the two-inning save had he gotten through the eighth scoreless. The Phillies went to Jeanmar Gomez in a tie game in the ninth and never used Hector Neris even as the game extended to 13 innings. It's hard to tell exactly what Pete Mackanin is thinking about in relation to the ninth right now.
Thu, May 4, 2017 06:57:00 PM

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.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017 05:17:00 PM

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.
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 04:17:00 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.
Mon, Apr 10, 2017 04:19:00 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.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 04:14:00 PM

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2Ryan Madson
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4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
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7Joaquin Benoit
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