Tag:Joe Beimel
Posted on: November 16, 2009 11:26 am

Rockies free agent pitchers

The announcement from the Rockies that they declined the option for reliever Rafael Betancourt was no surprise however, GM Dan O'Dowd made it clear that the club will continue trying to work out a deal, according to the Denver Post.

Ideally, that would be a two-year deal, spreading salary over both seasons.

The report also says O'Dowd confirmed the Rockies will explore re-signing veteran free agent pitchers Jose Contreras and Joe Beimel.
Posted on: July 28, 2009 12:25 pm

No big deals for the Cubs

Despite earlier statements by Cubs chairman Crane Kenney that said the Cubs had no budget limits if they needed a big-name player, it appears as if the "register is closed," according to the Chicago Tribune .

Lou Piniella had no comment but Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano said in their opinion, they don't believe the Cubs need to make any moves.

However, they could make a move for two lefty relievers John Grabow of the Pirates and Joe Beimel of the Nationals.

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 20, 2009 5:42 pm

Rosenthal On Atkins, Red Sox, Webb

It's time for a new Ken Rosenthal column.  He's cranking these out daily now?

  • Add Rosenthal to the list of columnists who don't understand why the Mets don't just use Daniel Murphy at first base.
  • The Rockies have kicked around a Garrett Atkins for Mark DeRosa swap, but it doesn't work from the Cleveland side.  Rosenthal likes the Brewers and Mets as possible fits for DeRo.
  • If the Red Sox are to trade Clay Buchholz or Michael Bowden, they'd want an elite hitter under similar team control (for example, Justin Smoak or Brett Wallace).  Players aren't eligible to be traded until a year after signing, anyway.
  • Given his injury situation, Rosenthal does not see Brandon Webb as a viable trade candidate this summer.  More likely, a Jon Garland deal.
  • Rosenthal sees Joe Beimel as a trade chip for Washington if he starts pitching decently.
Posted on: March 25, 2009 4:23 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2009 4:43 pm

Rosenthal On Melky, Matthews, Pedro, Ohman

As usual, good stuff from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports...

  • Rosenthal says the Yankees are open to moving Melky Cabrera, and opines that the White Sox would be a perfect fit.  Trading Cabrera would open up the Yankees' outfield picture for sure, but leave them shakier in center with Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher.  Rosenthal also says the White Sox have expressed some interest in a deal to acquire Gary Matthews Jr., assuming the Angels pay "the vast majority of the $33MM remaining on the final three years of his contract."
  • Pedro Martinez reached out to the Royals before they signed Sidney Ponson, but KC couldn't afford him.  Would Pedro have been a better signing than Horacio Ramirez and Willie Bloomquist?  Martinez's friends are telling him his $5MM asking price is unrealistic.  Rosenthal says that if Pedro drops it down to $1-2MM, he can probably get the Dodgers and other teams involved.
  • The Marlins are looking for relief help.  They like Will Ohman but not his $2MM asking price.
  • The A's thought they were close to a $1.7MM deal for Joe Beimel before he went to the Nats for $300K more.
  • Catcher Ronny Paulino, acquired by the Phillies from the Pirates in December, is available.  Rosenthal considers the Marlins a possible fit.
Posted on: March 20, 2009 4:18 pm

Beimel Contract Details

Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post has details on Joe Beimel's new contract with the Nationals.  Renck says it's a one-year, $2MM deal with up to $250K in incentives.  The incentives kick in at 60 games and max out at 80.  Renck says the Rockies balked at Beimel's asking price.  Tracy Ringolsby of Inside The Rockies has more:

Beimel signed with Washington, a one-year $2 million deal in the last week. He showed no interest in the Rockies' overtures. He was seeking more than $3 million, and I have seen some reports that he was actually asking for a two-year deal at $4 million a year, but I have not had anyone confirm that.

Does Beimel make sense for the Nationals?  Unless they can flip him for something good in July, it seems to be $2MM better spent on the draft.

We have a few other Nationals notes from MLB.com's Bill Ladson.  Ladson talked to an opposing scout who says the Nats are trying to trade Nick Johnson and Austin Kearns but does not expect them to find a match.  Additionally, minor league signee Jorge Sosa hasn't been able to get a work visa in the U.S.

Posted on: March 18, 2009 4:01 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2009 4:21 pm

Nationals Ink Joe Beimel, Cut Shawn Hill

According to Chico Harlan of the Washington Post, the Nationals have agreed to terms with Joe Beimel on a one-year, $2MM deal.  In a corresponding move, the Nats released starter Shawn Hill.

Beimel, a 31-year-old southpaw reliever, posted a 2.02 ERA in 71 games last season for the Dodgers.  Nationals manager Manny Acta said Wednesday that Beimel will be used primarily as the team's eighth-inning setup man.

Hill, 27, has battled injuries for much of his career, but was well-liked in the clubhouse.  Acta called the release "probably the toughest decision" he's had to make in his time with Washington, but the stats simply didn't justify a roster spot.  Hill went 1-5 last season with a 5.83 ERA in 12 starts.

Posted on: March 14, 2009 12:22 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2009 5:09 pm

Beimel Close To Choosing An Offer

3:44pm: Corey Brock of MLB.com spoke Saturday with Padres GM Kevin Towers, who said plainly that the Friars "are not in the mix" for Beimel.  Brock surmises that it's all "about money."

1:25pm: MLB.com's Ed Eagle adds the Rockies to the mix of interested teams.

11:15am: According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com Joe Beimel is close to choosing between offers. Oakland and San Diego are apparently in the running for the lefty reliever. The Dodgers were still interested a week ago.

Dennys Reyes, who held lefties to a lower average than Beimel last year, signed a two-year deal worth $3MM with the Cardinals that will likely be comparable to the deal Beimel eventually gets.

Posted on: March 8, 2009 6:17 pm

Dodgers Still Interested In Beimel, Ohman

Tony Jackson reports that the Dodgers still have some interest in lefties Joe Beimel and Will Ohman, if and when their asking price comes down.

Beimel and Ohman are both looking for salaries in the $2MM-$3MM range, but the Dodgers don't want to pay that for someone who will be called on to retire one or two batters per outing.

Jackson points out that the recent Dennys Reyes signing by the Cardinals will likely have to lower the prices for Ohman and Beimel. Reyes signed a two-year deal worth $3MM after holding lefties to a .202 average last year, while Ohman held them to a .200 average. Beimel was a very distant third - lefties hit .278 off him in 2008. All three players are 31 years of age.

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