Joaquin Benoit’s poor season
Joaquin Benoit, like Neshek, was brought in this season for the sole purpose of being flipped at the deadline. The hope was he could pitch like the Benoit of 2016 that was with the Blue Jays and not with the Mariners. Unfortunately, that plan has not gone well.
Benoit actually started off the year well with a 2.31 ERA in 11.2 innings in April. Since then, his ERA is up to 4.97 with a 4.08 FIP and 4.82 xFIP. Overall this season, Benoit has walked 9.6 percent of opposing hitters and leaves just 70.7 percent of runners on base.
It’s hard to imagine any team reaching out to the Phillies for Benoit, an average-at-best season that is saved mostly by a strong April. Benoit just turned 40, and the market is saturated with better, younger relievers. The best the team could probably get for Benoit is minor-league fodder, and at that point there’s no real value in trading Benoit versus keeping him the rest of the year.