Padres Welcome Joaquin Benoit To San Diego

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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Padres and free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit officially completed a two-year contract on Saturday, with a vesting option for the 2016 season. Both sides agreed to the deal on Dec. 18, pending a physical.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Joaquin has proven to be one of the top late-game relievers in baseball,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said in a released statement. “We are excited to add him to our staff.”

The 36-year-old Benoit spent the previous three seasons with the Tigers. Last year in 66 appearances, he went 4-1 with 24 saves and a 2.01 ERA. He struck out 73 batters in 67 innings of work.

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