Copy and paste what I wrote about Pat Neshek earlier into why Joaquin Benoit will be coveted, and you may not know the difference. Aside from his rough closing opportunities, Benoit has been lights out as a setup man in the Phillies bullpen.
Considering how unstable the closer situation currently is, Benoit is likely to get more opportunities to reclaim his trade value. Turning 40-years-old five days before the trade deadline could scare competing executives away from the righty. Reestablishing himself as a legitimate setup man for a contending team Benoit could garner a low to mid-level prospect who needs a change in scenery.
Nava was originally brought to Phillies spring training as a “camp bat” looking to revive his career, but now he’s the best bat off their bench. Getting sporadic starts in the Phillies lineup Nava hits .333 with above average exit velocity.
At this point, the Phillies will have dangled every piece of their bench to the trade deadline. Like Blanco Nava would be a welcomed member on any playoff team. His ability to hit from both sides of the plate, cover the outfield, and come off the bench at any moment are vastly desired.