The Phillies made one last trade at the deadline, sending Joaquin Benoit and cash to the Pirates for minor-league pitcher Seth McGarry.
Just when it seemed like the Phillies were done making trades, they squeezed in one more after their game Monday afternoon. The team has announced (by retweeting Todd Zolecki of MLB.com) that reliever Joaquin Benoit and cash are headed to the Pirates. In return, Philadelphia will receive minor-league pitcher Seth McGarry.
The move was announced at 4:14 p.m. ET on Twitter by the team. There was no indication that Benoit was on the move with no reports coming out about a discussion for Benoit. However, Benoit wasn’t used at all in Monday’s game while Luis Garcia and Hector Neris were used on consecutive days. This trade would explain why Benoit wasn’t put in.
McGarry, who was drafted by the Pirates in the eighth round of the 2015 draft, has spent his last two years in the minor-leagues as a full-time reliever. He does not appear on the MLB.com Top 30 prospect list for the Pirates.
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In High-A Bradenton in the Florida State League, McGarry has a 1.34 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 2.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31 appearances. He has 14 saves, serving as the team’s closer. He will likely finish out the year in Clearwater with the Threshers.
The 40-year-old Benoit has been unspectacular this year with a 4.07 ERA in 44 appearances. He has three blown saves and a 9.4 percent walk rate.
Benoit has expressed discontent with manager Pete Mackanin in how he has used the bullpen, which certainly didn’t help the relationship between the two.
The cash will probably pay for most, if not all of Benoit’s salary for the rest of the season. Philadelphia did the same thing when they traded Howie Kendrick, and it is probably the reason why they were able to trade Benoit at all. He signed with the Phillies on a one-year, $7.5 million dollar deal during last year’s winter meetings.