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Pirates acquire pitcher Joaquin Benoit from Philadelphia; trade Tony Watson to Dodgers for Angel German and Oneil Cruz

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit (pronounced wah-KEEN ben-WAH) along with cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Seth McGarry. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

Benoit went 1-4 with two saves, a 4.07 ERA (42.0ip/19er), 43 strikeouts and a .206 batting average against (32-for-155) in 44 relief appearances this year for the Phillies. He has also recorded 15 strikeouts while issuing just one walk over his last 13 appearances (12.1ip) since June 27.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit (pronounced wah-KEEN ben-WAH) along with cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Seth McGarry. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

Benoit went 1-4 with two saves, a 4.07 ERA (42.0ip/19er), 43 strikeouts and a .206 batting average against (32-for-155) in 44 relief appearances this year for the Phillies. He has also recorded 15 strikeouts while issuing just one walk over his last 13 appearances (12.1ip) since June 27.

Benoit has a career record of 58-47 with 53 saves, a 3.80 ERA (1060.1ip/448er) and 1055 strikeouts in 756 appearances (55 starts) in the big leagues with Texas (2001-08), Tampa Bay (2010), Detroit (2011-13), San Diego (2014-15), Seattle (2016), Toronto (2016) and Philadelphia (2017). Since the beginning of the 2014 campaign, the 40-year-old Benoit has also posted a 2.19 ERA (147.2ip/36er), 160 strikeouts and .157 batting average against in 149 games against National League opponents.

The Pirates also acquired minor league infielder Oneil Cruz and minor league right-handed pitcher Angel German from the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in exchange for left-handed pitcher Tony Watson.

The 18-year-old Cruz hit .240 (82-for-342) with nine doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 36 RBI in 89 games with Great Lakes this season. Cruz is currently ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the 21st-best prospect in the Dodgers organization.

The 21-year-old German went 1-0 with seven saves, a 1.91 ERA (33.0ip/7er), 37 strikeouts and .190 batting average against this season as a member of the Great Lakes Loons of the Single-A Midwest League.

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