Mariners acquire RP Joaquin Benoit from Padres

The Mariners continue to be active and aggressive this offseason, as it was announced Thursday afternoon they had acquired reliever Joaquin Benoit from the Padres in exchange for RHP Enyel De Los Santos and IF Nelson Ward.

The veteran righty pitched well in 67 games last year, posting a 2.34 ERA along with a 0.90 WHIP. He also struck out 63 batters while only walking 23. He’s been mainly a seventh- or eighth-inning guy throughout his 14-year career and will likely assume the same role with the Mariners.

De Los Santos is a 19-year-old righty with a big arm that could project into the big leagues in three or four years. He posted a combined 3.47 ERA and 6-0 record at Short-Season and Rookie ball this year.

Ward hit .278/.365/.436 last year at Low-A and High-A. He projects to be a utility guy who may have a sniff at the big leagues somewhere down the line. He doesn’t possess much power but makes good contact and gets on base fairly well.

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