The Toronto Blue Jays send recently DFA’d Drew Storen to the Seattle Mariners for reliever Joaquin Benoit.
#Mariners have acquired RHP Drew Storen and cash considerations from Toronto in exchange for RHP Joaquin Benoit.
— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) July 27, 2016
Storen, recently designated for assignment by Toronto, has been poor this season after coming in the trade for Ben Revere. The former Stanford Cardinal had a career 3.02 ERA, 3.09 FIP to go with 7.9 H/9, and 0.6 HR/9 rations with the Nationals, but saw those numbers jump to 6.21 ERA, 5.00 FIP, 11.6 H/9, and 1.6 HR/9 din 33.1 IP with the Blue Jays. Perhaps a change of scenery and the bigger ballparks of the American League West will help him gain his form.
In, Benoit, the Blue Jays get a 39-year-old veteran reliever in the midst of his worst statistical season since 2008. While his 5.18 ERA, 4.95 FIP are of concern, the more alarming part is his current 5.5 BB/9 ratio, which is considerably higher than his 2.6 BB/9 over the previous 6 seasons. On the bright side the Dominican native is carrying a 10.4 K/9 ratio over 24.1 IP, meaning his stuff still plays up if he can limit baserunners.
On the surface this is nothing more than a swap of bad assets. Two teams with struggling bullpen arms looking to try something new. It could, however, turn out to be a very beneficial move for the Blue Jays. This addition gives them another power arm — average FB velo in 2016, 93.8 mph — in the back of the bullpen. An arm than can record strikeouts when most needed. That is not a small item to overlook.
A serviceable Benoit along with Roberto Osuna, Jason Grilli, Brett Cecil and Bo Schultz gives Toronto a formidable backend of the bullpen. Let’s just all hope he is rejuvenated with the move, in what will likely be his swan song season.
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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.