Blue Jays trade pitcher Drew Storen to Mariners for Joaquin Benoit

The Toronto Blue Jays traded Drew Storen for right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit Tuesday night.

39-year-old has played 15 seasons

Relief pitcher Drew Storen had a 1-3 record and 6.21 ERA with the Blue Jays so far this season before Toronto traded him to the Mariners on Tuesday. (The Canadian Press/Paul Sancya)

The Toronto Blue Jays traded right-handed reliever Drew Storen and cash considerations to the Seattle Mariners late Tuesday night in exchange for right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit.

Storen struggled with the Blue Jays this season and was designated for assignment on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Storen was 1-3 with 32 strikeouts and a 6.21 earned-run average in 38 relief appearances with Toronto. He was acquired by the Blue Jays from Washington on Jan. 8, 2016 in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere.

Benoit, 39, was 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA, 28 strikeouts and 15 walks in 26 relief appearances with Seattle this season.

"He can fill a late-inning role," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's a veteran guy. He's still got a good arm.

"This time of year, with some of the struggles we've been having down there, you throw a veteran in there who knows what he's doing, knows how to survive, that type of thing. Hopefully he'll end up (performing) just like what (Jason) Grilli has done."

In 15 major league seasons, Benoit is 55-43 with a 3.87 ERA in 687 career games, including 55 career starts. He was acquired by Seattle from San Diego in exchange for right-hander Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward in November, 2015.


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