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Joaquin Benoit | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
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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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. Jul 31 - 4:28 PM

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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.
Jun 11 - 11:20 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.
Jun 3 - 3:43 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.
May 10 - 5:04 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.
May 4 - 6:57 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.
Apr 16 - 5:17 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.
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 CSNPhilly.com 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
4Jacob Stallings
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Sean Rodriguez
3Max Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Starling Marte
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Felipe Rivero
2Joaquin Benoit
3Juan Nicasio
4Daniel Hudson
5Wade LeBlanc
6A.J. Schugel
7George Kontos
8Dovydas Neverauskas