Pirates Release Joe Beimel

TODAY: The Pirates have released Beimel, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

AUGUST 23rd: The Pirates announced they've designated lefty reliever Joe Beimel for assignment to open a spot on the active roster for Ross Ohlendorf.

Beimel, 34, has a 5.33 ERA, 6.0 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 2.1 HR/9, and 41.2% groundball rate with 34 hits allowed in 25 1/3 innings this year after surrendering a longball to Ryan Braun last night.  Several contenders, including the Yankees and Phillies, are known to be seeking a veteran lefty.  Beimel has been decent against left-handed hitters this year, but he's only faced 46 of them.

The Pirates signed Beimel to a minor league deal in January; the southpaw has ties to Pittsburgh.  His yearly salary while in the Majors is $1.75MM.

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7 Comments on "Pirates Release Joe Beimel"

Tacho Bill
4 years 12 days ago

Well, I guess the Joe Beimel autograph I got in Denver just went down in value.

4 years 12 days ago

May get you a free mug of beer at a certain New York hotspot though.

Giants 27
4 years 12 days ago

The Yankees just placed a claim on him.

4 years 12 days ago

Jesus Montero for Joe Beimel straight up??? Will pick up Joe’s salaray ūüėČ lol

4 years 12 days ago

That sounds about right.  This is the same team that gave the Bucs Jeff Karstens, Daniel McCutchen, & Jose Tabata for Xavier Nady & Damaso Marte. 

It’s too bad that Paul Maholm got hurt, otherwise the Bucs could package him & Joe Beimel for better than whatever the Pirates get from the yanks for Beimel alone.¬† Although, I have a feeling that as long as the Red Sox are behind the yanks in the standings, the Sox will¬†claim any starting pitching before the New York can act.

4 years 12 days ago

This is long over due.

4 years 6 days ago

“Beimel has been decent against left-handed hitters this year”


Lefties have hit .302/.333/.465 vs. Beimel this year, which is only “decent” relative to his line vs. right-handed batters (.333/.408/.619).¬†