Mariners acquire RHP Benoit from Padres for two minor leaguers

SEATTLE -- The Mariners kept on addressing their bullpen by acquiring right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit from the San Diego Padres for a pair of minor league prospects.

The teams announced the trade Thursday. Seattle sent minor league right-handed pitcher Enyel De Los Santos and minor league infielder Nelson Ward back to the Padres.

Benoit, 38, was 6-5 with a 2.34 ERA in 67 appearances last season for San Diego. Opponents hit just .159 against Benoit and he was especially tough on right-handed hitters, with a .144 batting average against him. It was the lowest of any NL pitcher who faced at least 100 batters.

Benoit has played 14 seasons in the major leagues with Texas, Tampa Bay, Detroit and San Diego. He fits an immediate need after Seattle's bullpen regressed significantly in 2015. After being the best bullpen in baseball in 2014, the Mariners relievers ranked 25th with a 4.15 ERA and had 24 blown saves.