Moments after a thrilling three-run 12th inning comeback 7-6 win over the Padres, news broke the Blue Jays had acquired 38-year-old veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit from Seattle for the dispatched Drew Storen.
Benoit has not had the kind of numbers in 2016 the former closer is accustomed to – 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA, and 28 strikeouts to 15 walks. However, save for a poor outing against the White Sox, six of his last seven outings have been clean. The hope obviously is to provide an experienced arm that is trending in the right direction heading down the stretch. And Benoit doesn’t have to be THE guy in Toronto, so they can find a role that best suits him. Bo Schultz might be the odd man out as Storen was already DFA’d and wasn’t on the 25-man roster. Giving up Storen obviously isn’t a concern as Jays management had decided to move on after he just wasn’t effective in Toronto.