Report: Joaquin Benoit to Padres

Updated: December 18, 2013, 12:16 PM ET
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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres have reached a two-year, $15.5 million agreement with former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY SportsJoaquin Benoit had 24 saves in 26 chances in his first season as Detroit Tigers closer.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending on Benoit passing a physical.

The 36-year-old Benoit had 24 saves in 26 chances in his first season as Tigers closer. He allowed a tying grand slam to Boston's David Ortiz in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series that was a turning point during the Red Sox's march to their World Series victory.

Benoit is expected to replace setup man Luke Gregerson, who was traded to Oakland for outfielder Seth Smith. He could also be insurance for closer Huston Street, who's been on the disabled list three times the last two seasons.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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