Mariners acquire reliever Joaquin Benoit from Padres


New general manager Jerry Dipoto continues to work quickly to make changes to Seattle’s roster, with Ken Rosenthal of reporting that the Mariners have acquired right-hander Joaquin Benoit from the Padres.

San Diego picked up its $7.5 million option on Benoit for 2016, knowing he could fetch something in return, and the Padres will get a pair of low minor leaguers (right-hander Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward) back in this deal.

Benoit is 38 years old and his raw stuff has declined somewhat in recent years, but he logged 65 innings with a 2.34 ERA and 63/23 K/BB ratio this past season and has a combined 2.35 ERA in 379 innings since 2010. He’s a big upgrade to Seattle’s late-inning bullpen situation and doesn’t require a multi-year commitment or parting with top prospects.