Mar 22, 2010, 10:39 PM EDT
The Rockies are close to an agreement to bring back Joe Beimel on a minor league contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The new deal should be confirmed by the morning, according to the report.
Beimel, who turns 33 in April, posted a 4.02 ERA in 26 relief appearances down the stretch for the Rockies last season.
Beimel ruled out a return to Colorado as recently as last month, however Huston Street’s injury has changed the complexion of the Rockies’ bullpen. Franklin Morales, the team’s primary left-hander, is the favorite for the ninth-inning gig in Street’s absence, leaving the likes of Randy Flores and Jimmy Gobble as internal candidates to be a left-handed specialist. It’s not known how long Beimel will need to be ready for the start of the season, but he should immediately jump either once he’s ready.
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