Padres make Benoit signing official

Updated: December 28, 2013

San Diego, CA ( – The San Diego Padres made the signing of
Joaquin Benoit official on Saturday by announcing that the veteran reliever
agreed to a two-year contract.

The deal, which CBS Sports had previously reported will pay the right-hander
$15.5 million, includes a vesting option for 2016.

Benoit, 36, stepped into the closer’s role for the Detroit Tigers last season,
converting 24-of-26 save opportunities. He made 66 appearances overall and
finished with a 2.01 earned run average.

“Joaquin has proven to be one of the top late-game relievers in baseball,”
said San Diego executive vice president and general manager Josh Byrnes. “We
are excited to add him to our staff.”

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

The Padres designated pitcher Adys Portillo for assignment to make room for
Benoit on the 40-man roster.