Tigers sign Benoit (and Adam Dunn talk)

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.”)


  1. Kevin in Dallas

    November 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Heyman’s latest tweet (someone agrees with me): “this is real players’ market. exces are complaining buck & benoit were overpaid. in a month, they will look like steals”

    • Coleman

      November 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

      By the way, Buck and Benoit have the same agent, who also did the Inge and Peralta deals.

      • stephen

        November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

        He must have pics of Dombrowski with a live boy or a dead girl

    • Vince in MN

      November 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      Every year the execs complain early about overpaying, only to go out and overpay later (and later isn’t usually much later).

  2. stephen

    November 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    How weak was this year’s AL rookie crop? Boesch hit .163 in the second half and still finished fifth.

    • kathy

      November 19, 2010 at 11:21 am

      Yes, but I still think Austin deserved it. No big power, but he did his job very nicely and was a fabulous addition to CF.

      • TSE

        November 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm

        Well since the offensive side of the AL rookies was especially weak this year i think this was a perfect time to give the rookie of the year award to a pitcher. If not this year then when is a pitcher going to have a chance to earn this award? Although I can’t say that Feliz dominated, he did have a good 2.73 ERA which is great but not exactly mind-blowing by any means, and I have an issue with the fact that he only played 69 innings, that’s basically 8 full games worth compared to 151 games for AJ. AJ faced 675 pitchers and Feliz faced less than 300 hitters, plus AJ had to field a lot more balls on defense than Feliz and did a good job at that too. He also had more pressure on him with the role of a full-time lead-off hitter than Feliz’s part-time relief gig.

        • kathy

          November 19, 2010 at 9:19 pm

          More pressure than being a “real” rookie with no ML experience and having to somehow replace Curtis Granderson? There’s definitely a case to be made for Austin, imo. The catch he made during the “perfect game” would have been shown thousands and thousands of times, if not for Jim Joyce. His peers had no problem voting him ROY, but reporters only game him 8 first place votes. That is just indefensiveable in my eyes.

          • TSE

            November 20, 2010 at 7:10 pm

            Yeah good point about Jim Joyce, it definitely can’t hurt your ROY case if you say you defended a perfect game. The government really should find MLB and Bud Selig for not taking appropriate action.

            • kathy

              November 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm

              The government should keep it’s nose to the grindstone and just enjoy watching the games. Nuf said!

  3. Coach Jim

    November 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I’m delighted to get Benoit.

  4. Vince in MN

    November 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I didn’t think the Tigers had much of a shot at getting Dunn given his earlier insistence on playing in the field. However, if DD can swing it, I would be extremely happy, as Dunn in the 5-slot would give Cabrera the protection he needs. It would also make a deal for Martinez moot and DD could concentrate on a more reasonably priced RH catcher (for 2 years?). Even if this deal were to come off, there is still a need for another bat, preferably somebody that can hit at the top of the order.

    I was surprised, but pleased, with the Benoit deal. If Valverde is healthy we’ll have an opportunity of playing a lot of short games provided the offense truly picks up. I wonder if DD now tries to deal some of the excess RH bullpen arms to fill other holes.

  5. denise zalsman

    November 17, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    i like who they got to benoit and dunn will fit the tigers to

  6. Savvy

    November 18, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I heard Dave Dombrowski and Derek Jeter met yesterday at Bells Brewery in Kalamazoo.

    • Coleman

      November 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      I’m sure Jeter just wanted to know where he could get some of those stripey sweaters.

  7. Vince in MN

    November 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    DD says gonna try Coke as a starter. I guess that takes care of the rotation for ’11.

  8. SJC in Detroit

    November 19, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Walewander sighting in DetNews. Gotta like any 48 year old who can still fit in such an old suit:

    • kathy

      November 19, 2010 at 11:23 am

      So much like Ernie. Probably thousands and thousands of stories out there similiar to that one we’ll never know about.

  9. Coach Jim

    November 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I was at the game Jim W. hit his only major league home run. It hit the facing of the upper deck right where the bleachers and grandstands meet.

  10. Coach Jim

    November 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    By the way (since we’re way off on a tangent now), 1987 was also the year the Cubs traded RP Dickie Noles to the Tigers for a player to be named later. At the end of the season, the player named was … Dickie Noles. As far as I know, the only player ever traded for himself.

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    November 20, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    For those of you with insider, Keith Law was less than complimentary…http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb.....id=5818108

    Basically he says we just way overpaid for a guy who has pitched 100 innings over the past three years, and made $700k last year.

  12. kathy

    November 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I don’t have Insider and won’t pay for it. He’s probably mad cause Morosi got the news first. Dombrowski said there were several teams offering 3 year contracts, so I’d imagine Benoit took the best offer.