News broke yesterday that the San Diego Padres and right handed reliever Joaquin Benoit agree’d to a two year contract.
Benoit was named the closer for the Detroit Tigers this year after Jose Valverde accepted an assignment with their minor league affiliate. Benoit did a beautiful job after taking over for Valverde as he converted 24 of 26 saves and posted a 2.01 ERA.
So now with Joaquin Benoit in San Diego, what will the Padres do with their current closer Huston Street? According to Corey Brock on Twitter, the Padres aren’t looking to move their right handed closer.
In case you’re wondering, the #Padres aren’t actively looking to move closer Huston Street following the acquisition of Joaquin Benoit.
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) December 19, 2013
So with Street and Benoit in their bullpen, they now have two guys with over 23 games saved from 2013. The 30 year old closer put up a 2.70 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and struck out 46 batters in 56 2/3 innings of work.
Right now this gives them one heck of a one-two punch that should be lights out. Hopefully Street can lower that home run total or at least cut it in half. His role won’t be safe if he gives up another 12.