Indians interested in reliever Joaquin Benoit

San Francisco Giants v San Diego Padres

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.

(Photo by Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)

  • Garry_Owen

    Would be great for us
    Better to keep him from them
    Neither’s worth the cost

  • Ed Carroll

    Unless the talent cost is “next-to-nothing,” it would likely be a mistake to acquire Benoit.

  • Natedawg86

    With a low payroll
    It does not make too much sense
    To improve a strength

  • Garry_Owen

    I like your reply,
    And agree with all of it,

  • Harv 21

    “Cock-block a’- Benoit.”
    Imaginary headline.
    Not in this guy’s life.

  • Natedawg86

    You are a poet,
    and you don’t even know it!
    The Garry_Owen

  • Petefranklin

    He gets half of his innings in(pitcher friendly NL) SD after the marine layer has come in. Let him blow up the Tigers pen.

  • Ed Carroll

    LOL He pitched quite well for Detroit last year. He will be fine.

  • nj0

    Confused about our reported interest.

  • Jaker

    Please stop doing this.

    It is getting annoying

  • mgbode

    if nothing else, then we could help goose the price for him.

  • Garry_Owen

    Don’t hate the player.
    Hate the game instead, Jaker.
    No justice; just us.

  • Ed Carroll

    Baseball trades don’t work like that.

    I get the interest, he’s good and all, but the cost to acquire wouldn’t be worth it.

  • mgbode

    Huh? We say we are interested to hike his price for Detroit. Happens all the time in baseball

  • Ed Carroll

    Maybe now and then between Boston and New York but no, this never actually happens like this. If the Indians interest isn’t real they aren’t in this. Also, Dave Dembrowski is a really good GM, don’t think he would have any trouble finding another avalible reliever. Like in 2011,when he didn’t like the price for Ubaldo and went out and made one of his best deals to acquire Fister.

    MLB teams don’t “drive up the price.” that’s just dumb.

  • mgbode

    Going to just have to completely disagree. Anytime you have an auction, you can drive up the price and I do fully believe that GM’s whose multi-million dollar salaries are dependent on how they do against their peers utilize every advantage that they can.

  • Ed Carroll

    You can disagree, but you’d likely be wrong. It’s not actually any sort of advantage. This isn’t an eBay auction where you’re locked into an offer lol.

    There’s no “advantage” here. It doesn’t happen.