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Report: Padres close to deal with RHP Benoit

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The San Diego Padres are nearing an agreement with right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit on a two-year contract worth approximately $15 million, according to a report.

The 36-year-old Benoit posted 24 saves last season for the Detroit Tigers but likely would be the setup man for closer Huston Street with the Padres, reported Wednesday.

Benoit, who recovered from shoulder problems four years ago, worked 67 innings in 2013 and had a 4-1 record with a 2.01 ERA.

In 12 years in the major leagues with the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays and the Tigers, Benoit has a 44-35 record with a 4.11 ERA and 37 saves.

Street had 33 saves for the Padres in 2013. He will make $7 million in 2014.

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