M’s reportedly have Minor League deal with Beimel

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You never know where Minor League deals with veterans looking for a shot might lead, but here’s an interesting one for the Mariners. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that left-handed reliever Joe Beimel, who hasn’t pitched in the Majors since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in 2012, has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Mariners with an invitation to Major League camp.

The Mariners haven’t confirmed the agreement, but clubs typically don’t announce deals until a player passes a physical exam and officially signs the paperwork.

Beimel, 36, is an 11-year Major League veteran who has appeared in 567 games. He was a big part of the Dodgers bullpen from 2006-08 and pitched in the postseason for the Dodgers in ’08 and Rockies in ’09.

Beimel underwent surgery after running into elbow troubles in 2011, but Brown said scouts indicate his velocity has returned now that he’s fully recovered. He appeared in 30
games for the Braves’ Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate last year, with a 4.36 ERA in 33 innings.

The Mariners have two returning lefties in the bullpen with Charlie Furbush and Lucas Luetge, but went with three southpaws most of the past two years. Oliver Perez, who was used extensively in that role in 2012-13, is a free agent and has not signed with anyone to this point.

The Mariners also have southpaws Anthony Fernandez and Bobby LaFromboise on their 40-man roster and will also be bringing three of their own Minor League prospects — Roenis Elias, James Gillheeny and Nick Hill– to camp as non-roster invitees when pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 12.

Beimel posted a 24-32 career record and 4.21 ERA in 587 2/3 innings in the Majors from 2001-11. He started 23 games with the Pirates in his first two seasons, but has since been used strictly as a reliever.

He posted a 3.04 ERA in 216 games with the Dodgers from 2006-08, including a club-record 83 appearances in ’07, and pitched 71 games with a 3.40 ERA for the Rockies in 2010. But the elbow issue began flaring up in 2011 and he spent two different stints on the disabled list with the Pirates in 2012 season, recording a 5.33 ERA in 35 games before being released in late August.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder signed a Minor League deal with the Rangers in 2012, but was released at the end of Spring Training and then underwent Tommy John surgery a month later.

1 Comment

Perez is way better than Luetge.

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