3 years at $16.5M is a hefty price tag for a setup guy who has really only had three good years over his 8 year career. Benoit had a sick .68 WHIP last year with 75 Ks in 60.1 IPs. Problem is, that he’s never had a WHIP lower than 1.17 in any of his other 8 full seasons (3 of them primarily as a starter), and he has a career 4.47 ERA, and 1.35 WHIP.
I’m not fond of 3 year deals for middle relievers, and I’m not fond of overpaying for a career year. Though I will say props to DD for addressing a huge need, and doing so quickly. I think we’ll get one more in the pen before camp next spring.
I also thought this was interesting – at least some are reporting that Phil Coke will be in the starting rotation next year.
Dunn – It was reported around noon central that talks were heating up with Dunn, but Jon Heyman recently sent this out via Twitter: “hearing dunn isn’t close yet with any 1 team, tho tigers are showing keen interest.”)