Discussion: Joe Beimel And Ron Mahay

A look at the remaining 2010 free agents reveals only a handful of left-handed relievers still available. Of the small group, two names stand out as more reliable options than the rest: Joe Beimel and Ron Mahay.

The 32-year-old Beimel has been one of the more consistent lefties in the majors over the last few seasons, posting a 3.17 ERA in 287 relief appearances since 2006. Mahay, 38, has been nearly as effective, compiling a 3.50 ERA in 234 games over the same period. Both pitchers, however, showed warning signs in 2009: Beimel was tough on left-handed hitters, but walked more righties than he struck out, while batters hit nearly .300 against Mahay.

So where might these veteran relievers land? The Mets have been connected to both recently and seem like favorites to sign at least one of the two, but they've yet to compromise on a price with either pitcher. The Phillies had some interest in Mahay earlier in the offseason, and could still use another left-handed arm in their bullpen, but there haven't been any reports linking the two sides since January.

Do you see Beimel and Mahay exercising a little more patience, perhaps in hopes that a few spring injuries force a team to meet their demands? Or will they have to lower their expectations and sign cheap ($1MM or less) one-year deals, or even minor league contracts?

11 Responses to Discussion: Joe Beimel And Ron Mahay Leave a Reply

  1. Guest 5 years ago

    Mets and Diamondbacks respectively.

  2. Muggi 5 years ago

    Eyre has said he’s throwing on his own, will come back if the Phils (and only the Phils) call. Plus, the Phils have three lefty kids (Escalona, Bastardo, Zagurski) they like in camp…I don’t think they’ll be in on Mahay or Beimel.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      he retired…

      • Muggi 5 years ago

        Exactly…and in an interview this week he said if the Phils needed a lefty midway through the season, he’d be ready.

        There was no animosity in the breakup, they just couldn’t afford to pay him what they did last year, and he didn’t want to go to another team.

  3. rootman1010 5 years ago

    The m’s are a contender that could use a steady lefty in the pen. I know they are trying Nick hill who is a younger guy but I could see them grabbing one of the two veterans…

  4. Guest 5 years ago

    I thought Beimel was solid for the Nats last year. I’m surprised he hasn’t been signed yet.

  5. methead 5 years ago

    How much more do they think they are going to get?? Spring training has started. lol

  6. wyz 5 years ago

    The Mets could really use a lefty in the pen unless they plan on taxing the living death out of Feliciano again. 2 mil sounds fairly reasonable. They spent 2 on the likes of Cora but right now the Mets are hoping they have a Barajas moment and get him to concede….

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