Source: Phillies Agree to 1-year Deal With Reliever Joaquin Benoit - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Source: Phillies Agree to 1-year Deal With Reliever Joaquin Benoit

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Source: Phillies Agree to 1-year Deal With Reliever Joaquin Benoit
    CSNPhilly.com
    Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

    The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million contract with right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit, a source tells CSN's Jim Salisbury.

    Benoit, 39, was the 11th-oldest pitcher in baseball last season, but he's remained effective as he's aged. Since 2010, Benoit has a 2.40 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, he's struck out 10.0 batters per nine innings while walking 2.8, and allowed a .189 batting average.

    Benoit has also maintained his velocity through the years. His fastball averaged 94.2 mph last season, which is actually faster than it was in 2010.

    Benoit has been in the majors for 15 years, spending eight with Texas, three with Detroit, two with San Diego, one with Tampa Bay and a half-season apiece with Seattle and Toronto.

    Benoit has experience closing but has spent the majority of his career as a setup man. Benoit, along with Hector Neris, figures to have a place in the eighth or ninth inning for the Phillies in 2017, perhaps pushing last year's closer, Jeanmar Gomez, back to the seventh inning.

    The Phillies have not yet officially announced the signing of Benoit and will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for him.