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Rays sign Joaquin Benoit to minor league deal

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Tampa Bay has signed former Ranger Joaquin Benoit to a minor league deal.

I'm interested to see how Benoit does with Tampa, coming back from shoulder surgery.  He'd been in the Ranger organization longer than anyone else, prior to his becoming a free agent after the 2009 season, and he's spent his entire 13+ year pro career with the Ranger organization.

I was surprised that the Rangers had no interest in bringing him back, but I guess they figure there are enough other legitimate arms who could be looked at to fill in in the bullpen if need be -- guys like Guillermo Moscoso and Pedro Strop and Warner Madrigal -- such that bringing Benoit back on a minor league deal wouldn't do much.