Posted on: November 16, 2009 11:26 am
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
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.
Posted on: May 20, 2009 5:42 pm
It's time for a new Ken Rosenthal column. He's cranking these out daily now?
Posted on: March 25, 2009 4:23 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2009 4:43 pm
As usual, good stuff from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports...
Posted on: March 20, 2009 4:18 pm
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
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
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.
Posted on: March 8, 2009 6:17 pm
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.