Last week, when the San Diego Padres exercised the option on Joaquin Benoit that would pay him $7 million this year, our own Darren Smith theorized that he could end up being traded before the start of the regular season. It turns out, he was right.
Enyel De Los Santos posted a 4.06 ERA in low-A ball for the Mariners last year. At 19 years old, he is known for having a very powerful arm.
Nelson Ward is 23 years old, and hit .282 with an OBP of .362 in high-A ball for the Mariners last year.
With many of the big-name players the Padres acquired last offseason increasing in salary this year, the team needed to find a way to free up some money somewhere. This move allows them to do exactly that, while also helping to replenish the team’s farm system.
The 38-year old Benoit will be joining a Seattle Mariners team that finished 76-86 last season. He will likely compete to be their starting closer.