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Joe Beimel set to leave Rockies for Pirates

Jan 28, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

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Joe Beimel told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he’s leaving the Rockies to sign with the Pirates.

Beimel had an offer to return to Colorado and Baltimore was at least one other team willing to give him a minor-league contract, but the left-handed reliever lives near Pittsburgh and also pitched for Pirates manager Clint Hurdle when they were together with the Rockies in 2009.

Beimel has posted an ERA under 4.00 in five straight seasons despite some sub par strikeout-to-walk ratios, including a 3.40 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 45 innings for the Rockies last year, and the 34-year-old southpaw held left-handed hitters to a .692 OPS during the past three seasons.

UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Beimel agreed to a minor-league contract with the Pirates.

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