Nationals Ink Joe Beimel, Cut Shawn Hill

According to Chico Harlan of the Washington Post, the Nationals have agreed to terms with Joe Beimel on a one-year, $2MM deal.  In a corresponding move, the Nats released starter Shawn Hill.

Beimel, a 31-year-old southpaw reliever, posted a 2.02 ERA in 71 games last season for the Dodgers.  Nationals manager Manny Acta said Wednesday that Beimel will be used primarily as the team's eighth-inning setup man.

Hill, 27, has battled injuries for much of his career, but was well-liked in the clubhouse.  Acta called the release "probably the toughest decision" he's had to make in his time with Washington, but the stats simply didn't justify a roster spot.  Hill went 1-5 last season with a 5.83 ERA in 12 starts.

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