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Southpaw search: Orioles sign Clay Rapada, make offer to Joe Beimel

Jan 26, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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In an effort to add some left-handed relief options the Orioles have signed Clay Rapada to a minor-league contract and offered the same to Joe Beimel, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Rapada has spent parts of four seasons in the majors for the Cubs, Tigers, and Rangers while logging a total of just 36 innings, but he’s held left-handed hitters to a .186 batting average and has always posted good numbers in the minors.

Beimel seems unlikely to accept a minor-league deal after earning nearly $6 million during the past four seasons, particularly since he did a decent job for the Rockies in 2010 with a 3.40 ERA in 45 innings while holding lefties to a .221 batting average.

  1. Charles Gates - Jan 26, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Good move for the O’s.
    If anything, as he proves himself with an increased innings load, he’ll not only help the team but he’ll be flippable for an EYP at the deadline.
    (EYP = exciting young prospect)
    I miss the real Old Gator. Not the imposter we’ve been seeing recently.

  2. Panda Claus - Jan 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    A submariner lefty. As long as he keeps the ball in the park I guess I can deal with that odd sight on the mound.

    • Charles Gates - Jan 26, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      From O’s fan to O’s fan, how do you feel about Duscheshererechershereerrerer?
      I say invest in the upside.

      • Panda Claus - Jan 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM

        I would say make a run at the guy. Maybe he won’t be a innings stalwart like Millwood was, but like you say, the upside seems to be better for Justin D. The obvious concern is a Duscherer signing would add another question mark to the “can this guy come back from injury problems” list that is already pretty long.

  3. BC - Jan 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Beimel has some bleeping nasty crap when healthy. If you get him on the cheap, why not?

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