Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Padres and Indians are in on Joaquin Benoit.

Both teams are offering two years and $14 million, though Passan hears from a Padres source that the club might be willing to add a third year option. That would be a lot of money for a set-up man, but San Diego's closer Huston Street doesn't have the best health record.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres are making a "strong push" to sign free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit.

It's an odd fit, as the Padres already have a closer with Huston Street and Benoit is looking for closer money ($7-10 million per season) in free agency. The 36-year-old is drawing interest from multiple teams, including the Indians, Cubs, Mariners and Yankees.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Joaquin Benoit is seeking $7-10 million per season.

It's not an unreasonable request after Benoit saved a career-high 24 games with the Tigers this past season while posting a 2.01 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported late Wednesday that teams believe the Indians, Cubs, Mariners, Padres and Yankees are his most likely landing spots.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan hears teams believe the Indians, Cubs, Mariners, Padres and Yankees are the most likely destinations for Joaquin Benoit.

Four of those teams have a need for a closer, and the Padres could use some insurance for the oft-injured Huston Street. The Orioles and Rockies have also checked in on the 36-year-old. The Tigers didn't seem to believe in the right-hander as a closing option, but it seems there are plenty of teams that do.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

A source tells Jon Morosi of FOX Sports that the Orioles are still in discussions with Joaquin Benoit and John Axford.

The O's have a vacancy at closer after dealing Jim Johnson to the A's earlier this winter. The 36-year-old Benoit saved a career-high 24 games in 2013, posting a 2.01 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio over 67 innings with the Tigers. The Rockies, Yankees and Mariners, among others, have expressed interest in the right-hander in recent days as well.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Rockies are in talks with free agent Joaquin Benoit.

Morosi says the two sides "remain apart" on salary, but that could change as the winter rolls on. Benoit is also drawing interest from the Yankees, Mariners and a couple other teams. He was awful in the postseason but posted a 2.01 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 73/22 K/BB ratio across 67 innings of regular-season work for the Tigers in 2013.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Yankees "have had lots of internal discussions" about Joaquin Benoit.

Nightengale says the Yanks "would love to grab two relievers," and Benoit appears to be at or near the top of their list. It's unclear whether they'd allow him to compete with David Robertson for the closing job or if they'd view him more in a setup role. Benoit put up a 2.01 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 67 innings of work for the Tigers in 2013.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mariners are interested in free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The Mariners are known to be seeking upgrades to their bullpen, and Benoit would certainly fit the bill. The 36-year-old seized the Tigers closer role this season, posting a 2.01 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 67 innings of work. If signed, he'd presumably be the favorite for saves in front of Danny Farquhar.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 4 Months

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday that he expects Joaquin Benoit to sign elsewhere as a closer.

Dombrowski was asked whether Benoit could return as a set-up man for Joe Nathan, but he figures to draw interest as a closer in free agency after he posted a 2.01 ERA, 21 saves and a 73/22 K/BB ratio over 67 innings this year. Of course, there are plenty of other closers on the market and only 30 jobs to go around, so he might have to lower his expectations.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 5 Months

According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies will be in the market for an experienced setup man to operate in front of Jonathan Papelbon, with Joaquin Benoit and Edward Mujica as two probable options.

The Phillies would prefer to have someone with closing experience work the eighth inning in front of Papelbon, to serve as an insurance policy. Both of these veteran right-handers were thrust into the full-time closer role for the first time in 2013, and passed with flying colors. Rather than meet the lofty asking prices on the free agent market though, they may be inclined to look within at Jake Diekman or B.J. Rosenburg to take on an increased role in the bullpen.