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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