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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that talks are "heating up" between the Padres and free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier this month that both San Diego and Cleveland had offered Benoit identical two-year, $14 million contracts. Benoit could have closed if he'd accepted the Indians' agreement before that team moved on to John Axford, but it's hard to argue with taking the same amount of money to set the table for somebody else (Huston Street) and live in San Diego. This moves really hurts Benoit's mixed league fantasy value, but he's good enough to retain NL-only relevancy. The veteran reliever put up a 2.01 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio over 67 innings with the Tigers in 2013.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 7 Months

Indians general manager Mark Shapiro indicated Sunday during an interview with MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, that he expects to sign a closer soon.

The Tribe is known to have an outstanding offer on the table to Joaquin Benoit, and have expressed interest in John Axford, Grant Balfour and Fernando Rodney as well. Indians skipper Terry Francona has made it clear that he would like a veteran presence with closing experience at the back of his bullpen, with Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw remaining in their familiar setup roles.

Joaquin Benoit RP SD 7 Months

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Padres are the "front runner" over the Indians to sign Joaquin Benoit.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has reported that both teams have offered a two-year, $14 million deal. Benoit would seem to have a better chance of closing with the Indians than the Padres, but he must just like the San Diego weather better. The veteran reliever put up a 2.01 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio over 67 innings with the Tigers in 2013.

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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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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.