Padres announce signing of closer Joaquin Benoit

Dec. 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM
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SAN DIEGO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The San Diego Padres announced Saturday they have signed former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit to a two-year contract.

Terms of the deal weren't revealed but CBS Sports reported the 36-year-old will receive $15.5 million, including a vesting option for 2016.

Benoit converted 24-of-26 save opportunities for the Tigers last season, posting a 2.01 ERA over 66 appearances.

Since 2010, the right-hander has gone 14-9 with 29 saves and a 2.53 ERA -- fourth-best in baseball for pitchers with at least 250 innings pitched during the span.

Benoit has compiled a 44-35 career record with a 4.11 ERA in 541 games for the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit.

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