As the bullpen market begins to take shape in advance of the July 31 trade deadline, there is no team in better position to move relievers than the Padres, who have Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit as trade candidates who are drawing significant interest. According to FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi, Benoit is drawing interest from both the Tigers and Angels, two contenders looking to add a bullpen piece for the stretch run.
The Tigers, who have the second-worst bullpen ERA in baseball with a 4.58 mark, would be open to a reunion with Benoit, who spent the last three seasons in Detroit before signing with the Padres last offseason. Although he struggled in the postseason with the Tigers, Benoit was solid in the regular season, posting a 13-7 record and 2.89 ERA in 205 appearances from 2011 to 2013.
The Angels have acquired veterans Jason Grilli and Joe Thatcher to shore up their bullpen in the last couple of weeks, so it's uncertain whether or not they are looking to add even more relievers to a group that has posted a 4.13 ERA thus far this season. They have also been linked to Street, so it is likely that they have discussed both available relievers with San Diego.
Benoit, who turns 37 at the end of the month, has posted a 1.26 ERA in 35.2 innings with the Padres this season. He is under team control through 2016, when he has an $8M option that will vest if he finishes 55 games in 2015. He is owed approximately $12.5M in guaranteed money over the next two seasons.