The Tigers, Pirates and Indians are showing interest in Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit, though a trade of Benoit isn’t quite a certainty, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
However, potential interest from the Pirates doesn’t add up.
Benoit is 36, making $6 million this season, due to make $8 million in 2015 and has an $8 million vesting option in 2016.
Pirates GM Neal Huntington is not a believer in paying big money to a reliever, especially an 8th inning setup man. Benoit, though, has been very good with a 1.99 ERA in 40 innings pitched this season.
The Pirates have also been scouting Rangers reliever Joakim Soria of late. The 30 year Soria has 16 saves in 17 chances this season, while posting a 2.67 ERA with 40 strikeouts and only four walks in 30 1/3 innings.
He is making $5.5 million this season with a $7 million club option in 2015.
He has more closer experience than Benoit, younger, and cheaper.