While David Price’s name continues to be bantered about, the Cleveland Indians join the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates as teams interested in San Diegot Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman iterates that while the Indians haven’t established themselves as ‘buyers’ heading into the deadline, they could be leaning that way.
Benoit is owed $8 million next year (which would make him the fifth-highest paid Indian) plus $8 million or a $1.5 million buyout in 2016. His 2016 option will vest if he finishes at least 55 games in 2015. Benoit has a 2.04 ERA and 0.86 WHIP with 10.4 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 39 2/3 innings with San Diego this year.
The Tigers could certainly use the help. While the Tribe’s bullpen is a strength—and they could certainly use help in other areas—they could do themselves a favor by making sure their main competitors in the AL Central don’t fortify their only weakness. It would certainly be one expensive move either way.
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