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Mets looking for lefty reliever, targeting Beimel

Feb 23, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are looking to sign a second left-handed reliever to go alongside Pedro Feliciano and would be interested in Joe Beimel if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal for around $1 million.
Beimel is 33 years old, but has drawn surprisingly little interest as a free agent after posting ERAs of 2.96, 3.88, 2.02, and 3.58 in the past four seasons. He’s often pegged as a southpaw specialist, and he’s definitely very good at shutting down left-handed hitters, but Beimel is also capable of getting right-handers out at a decent clip.
Over the past three years lefties hit just .240 with a .281 on-base percentage and .348 slugging percentage against him, but Beimel also held righties to a .730 OPS during that time. If he’s willing to take $1 million and a middle-relief gig, Beimel would definitely be worth adding for the Mets and quite a few other teams.’s Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Mets may turn their attention to fellow southpaw reliever Ron Mahay if they can’t work something out with Beimel.

  1. ecp - Feb 23, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    That picture looks like it came from a Wanted poster.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 23, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    This is another guy who should get in shape, stay that way, and hang loose until the first important cogs in some ML bullpens come uncottered or spit some screws, or until the bargain basement deals so many teams have made this offseason blow up in their faces. Then a guy with his numbers can name his price.

  3. Ryan - Feb 23, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    I always liked Beimel when he played in LA, each year I’m surprised to see him left out in the cold.

  4. gumbercules - Feb 23, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Good God, man. How hungover is Beimel in that pic?

  5. abe frouman - Feb 23, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Beimel’s the man! He owned Bonds for awhile when he was with the Dodgers. Why aren’t my Cubbies in the mix for him? Oh yeah, having your middle relief comprised of a rag tag group of rookies/unproven talent who band together to overcome all obstacles is the only way to break the drought….or just low risk moves which make sense if you’re into that sort of thing

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