- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TORONTO (AP) - Looking to better their bullpen, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Joaquin Benoit from the Seattle Mariners for fellow right-hander Drew Storen and cash in a swap of struggling relievers.

The busy Blue Jays announced the trade Tuesday night, minutes after rallying to beat San Diego 7-6 in 12 innings. It was their second deal of the day: Hours earlier, Toronto obtained outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and cash from the Padres for minor league right-hander Hansel Rodriguez.

Benoit, who turned 39 on Tuesday, is 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA in 26 games this season.

The 28-year-old Storen was designated for assignment Sunday by Toronto after going 1-3 with three saves and a 6.21 ERA in 38 appearances.

Toronto is two games behind first-place Baltimore in the AL East and holds the league’s top wild-card spot.



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