Source: Rays relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit signs 3-year deal with Detroit Tigers

12:59 PM, Nov 17, 2010   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Florida (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Detroit Tigers have reached a preliminary agreement on a $16.5 million, three-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not yet been announced.

The 33-year-old right-hander was 1-2 with a 1.34 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 60 1-3 innings this year as setup man for Rafael Soriano, who also became a free agent.

Agents Sam and Seth Levinson negotiated the agreement with the Tigers after reaching deals with Detroit for Braden Inge and Jhonny Peralta since the end of the season.


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