[Update] Enrique rojas of ESPN.com is now reporting that Benoit has signed with the Tigers. The deal is 3-years, $16.5  million.

And at $5.5 million per season, this means Rafael Soriano can expect a huge contract in free agency.

[11:25am] Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the Tigers are close to signing Joaquin Benoit to a multi-year deal…

The Detroit Tigers are nearing a multi-year agreement with right-hander Joaquin Benoit, major-league sources told FOXSports.com. The deal will be for three years, sources say.

Benoit is just a Type B free agent. That means the Rays will only receive a compensation pick between the first and second round of the 2011 draft.

Other than that, our reaction is…*CRYING*

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  1. Beth says:

    Shucks. I was prepared to lose Soriano, but I somehow thought no one knew about Benoit and the Rays would be able to sign him.

    I'm afraid our bullpen next year will be Wheeler, Qualls and Ekstrom. Can we trade for Shawn Camp?

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  2. phil says:

    5.5 million is nothing....peanuts....we have to sign players for 2 million or less ???? I knew this was coming suprised it was not the Yanks or Red sox

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  3. Brixology says:

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. phil says:

    Who will close now? Please sign Balfour now! Eventually Mcgee could take over but he probably would start at AAA...

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  5. Edward says:

    The rays bullpen will have a different look and maybe back to the old bullpen. Of course, i cannot question them

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  6. Gatorbuc15 says:

    See ya later Benoit.

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  7. phil says:

    You top 5 guys are Howell, Mcgee, Balfour, Wheeler and _______. With Eckstrom and sonnintin filling out the rest .....

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  8. Indiana Rays Boy says:

    I was shocked that Benoit left to sign with Detroit; I projected him to be the Rays closer for 2011. Maddon getting third place finish with one first place vote is a crime. A season full of ridiculous road trip gimmicks, pampering players, tinkering the lineups and getting no-hit twice in a season, this clown should have gotten ZERO votes for manager of the year. Manny Ramirez column about him wearing a Rays uniform and Maddon can manage him is garbage. NO THANK YOU to Manny and Maddon.

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  9. Tom says:

    The award is generally given to a manager whose team greatly exceeds preseason expectations. Based on this criteria, Maddon would be expected to do well in the voting, the Rays were predicted to place 3rd in the AL East by most preseason prognosticators and ended up having the best record in the league.

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    • Indiana Rays Boy says:

      Who cares what the experts predict before the season starts, it is how you finish at the end of the season. They finish with a 96-66 record and EXPECTED to be in the World Series and resulted in a 1st round exit due to poor managerial decisions. I believe Washington should had gotten the AL Manager of the Year award instead of Gardenhire. If you use that argument based on whose team greatly exceeds preseason expectations, did you think the baseball experts assume that the Twins would be a 3rd, 4th or 5th place team in that crappy division? Maddon had World Series type talent on that team but his micromanagement, sabermatrics and tinkering the lineup has caught up to him. They were 96-66 in spite of him.

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      • Tom says:

        I was surprised Gardy won over Washington, my point is the Manager who usually wins is the one whose team improve/exceeds expectations the most. I did not say that is the correct way to evaluate a manager or what the award should be based upon.

        As far as the Rays Talent level though, if you compare their starting line up to the Yankees, I think the Rays have more talent at LF and 3B and the Yankees had more talent at every other position, with the possible exception of CF. Do you disagree.

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        • Ken Kandefer says:

          If a manager in the ALE wins the division and has the best record in the entire AL and that manager's team is not the NYY or Red Sox, they should automatically win manager of the year. Period Amen!! Remember this vote takes place on the last day of the regular season. Maddon for all of his faults exceeded everyone's expectations for the regular season. I can't believe any of you fans expected us to have the best record in the AL. This vote has nothing to do with the teams performance during the playoffs!!!

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  10. John S says:

    Wow.. well that was disappointing..
    I mean that could have been our closer and for that deal that would have been very affordable.
    What people do not realize is that there is money to be spent. There is sooo much money coming off payroll, even with the new payroll figure there is still $25 million per year that can spent.
    I recognize he is 32 and had his career year this year, but wow I wonder what the Rays have in place.

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  11. Don says:

    First signs of "non compete" signings...
    THat is the Rays aren't going to compete for their good players....
    $4+ mil for Percey, $7mil for Soriano....
    I think Benoit fits for $5.5mil...I think he can pitch to 3 batters a night for the next three years....hey Maddon...

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  12. John S says:

    If there is another way to look at this.. maybe in a positive light..

    If you told a Rays fan before the season.. We are going to offer a minor league deal to someone and then receive a Top 50 draft pick for taking him on for a year, would you do it.

    Um.. yeah.. I would.. We flipped a minor league invite into a blue chip draft prospect.. that is some seriously good stuff.. Some people would say that it is unfair that the rich get richer...

    Yankees and Red Sox have money wealth, we have young personnel wealth and we just added one more from no where.

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    • Don says:

      THe next person that posts that the Red Sox and the Yankees get all the players because they have all the money ($) should be banned from baseball for life for being stupid and repeating media bullshit...
      By the way brain surgeon...Detroit got Benoit!

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      • Steve says:

        Hey, rocket scientist.... he didn't say the Red Sox or Yankees signed Benoit. Did you even bother to read his comment?

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        • John S says:

          I appreciate it Steve.. it is ok.. Don is one with the joke of a reputation anyways so I do not really hold any respect or merit to his amateur understanding of baseball as do most on this board... hence the fact he does not know reading comp

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  13. MJ says:

    I obviously do not know how Elias does their FA rankings, but how was Benoit not type A?

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    • Tom says:

      MJ,
      I do not know the exact formula but it is based on the last 2 years and Benoit did not pitch at all in 2009.

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  14. Alex says:

    The Tigers will regret it in years two and three

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  15. Bob says:

    Don't forget how smart our guys are. My guess is that Benoit wanted a three year deal, and the Rays were offering two or one. With a history of arm injuries, three years at that kind of money is risky. Look for the Rays to find another closer for strong money on a one year deal.

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  16. Aaron says:

    Strike 1

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