A person familiar with the situation says the San Diego Padres have agreed with former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a two-year contract worth $15.5 million US.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal is pending on Benoit passing a physical.
In his first season as Tigers closer, Benoit had 24 saves in 26 chances. But in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, he allowed a tying grand slam by Boston's David Ortiz that was a turning point in the series.
Benoit, who turns 37 on July 26, is expected to replace setup man Luke Gregerson, who was traded to Oakland for outfielder Seth Smith.
He could also be insurance for closer Huston Street, who's been on the disabled list three times the last two seasons.
Mariners re-sign Gutierrez for 2014
The Seattle Mariners have re-signed oft-injured outfielder Franklin Gutierrez for the 2014 season, adding needed depth to their outfield.
The Mariners announced the deal Wednesday following a physical. Gutierrez became a free agent on Nov. 1 when the Mariners declined his option for 2014, but chose to return to Seattle for a sixth season hoping he can finally stay healthy.
Gutierrez won a Gold Glove in 2010 but has spent most of the past three seasons on the disabled list. He missed 106 games last season with hamstring problems that led to two extended stints on the DL.
If healthy, Gutierrez could solve one of Seattle's big concerns going into season about who will play in centre field. The Mariners appear to have options at the corner outfield spots with the recent moves to acquire Logan Morrison and Corey Hart.