MLB Trade Rumors: Top 5 Landing Spots For San Diego Padres' Joaquin Benoit

Top 5 Landing Spots For San Diego Padres' Joaquin Benoit

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San Diego Padres' reliever Joaquin Benoit has been the subject of several trade deadline rumors in recent days. Benoit is the coveted bullpen arm that many teams are chasing, as his 1.99 ERA would really help solidify a contender's bullpen down the stretch in 2014. It seems inevitable that Benoit will be traded since the Padres will be sellers at the trade deadline, and when he is moved, he will end up in one of these five destinations.

5. Cincinnati Reds

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5. Cincinnati Reds

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Cincinnati's NL Central opponents would hate to see Benoit get dealt to the Reds, as Bryan Price's club would have an elite one-two-three punch for late in games with his addition. Adding Benoit to the likes of Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman would give the Reds one of the better bullpens in the National League, giving Cincinnati an advantage over its opponents in a competitive division race.

4. New York Yankees

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4. New York Yankees

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If Benoit ended up in the Bronx, the Yankees would have one of the best one-two-three punches out of the bullpen in all of baseball. Closer David Robertson is having a breakout season and Dellin Betances is doing the same. Should New York make a deadline deal for Benoit, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Yankees charging up the standings in the AL East. Adding Benoit would make New York a real contender.

3. Toronto Blue Jays

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3. Toronto Blue Jays

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Benoit would be a huge pickup for the Jays, as Toronto would likely slot the 36-year-old into and eighth inning role in front of closer Casey Janssen. Janssen is having a solid season, and pairing him with Benoit would give the Jays a force at the end of games. Toronto is still in contention in the AL East, and adding such a reliable bullpen arm would exponentially boost the Jays' chances of making the playoffs.

2. Tampa Bay Rays

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2. Tampa Bay Rays

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Tampa has been playing well lately, but the Rays desperately need a bullpen arm to climb back into contention in the AL East. The team's bullpen has been terrible in 2014, as evidenced by former closer Grant Balfour's 5.40 ERA. Jake McGee seems to be slowly positioning himself to be the closer, but he would likely get bumped to the eighth inning for Benoit to close if Tampa can make a deal with San Diego before the trade deadline.

1. Detroit Tigers

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1. Detroit Tigers

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Detroit's bullpen has been a train wreck in 2014, as closer Joe Nathan continues to blow games for the Tigers. Manager Brad Ausmus insists that there is no change forthcoming, but adding Benoit to close for the AL Central leaders would be a major improvement. Benoit is an ex-Tiger, so the fact that he's played in Detroit before might give the Tigers an advantage over the competition. Detroit desperately needs Benoit.

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