Beimel close to choosing offer
Left-handed reliever considering A's, Padres, Dodgers, Rockies
Free-agent reliever Joe Beimel is weighing his options and could soon ink a deal.
Beimel, who spent the past three seasons with the Dodgers, is considering offers from the A's and Padres, according to ESPN.com. The Dodgers and Rockies have also reportedly shown interest in the veteran lefty.
With fellow southpaw Dennys Reyes having signed a two-year deal worth $3 million with the Cardinals last week, Beimel is arguably the best relief pitcher available on the free-agent market. He went 5-1 with a 2.02 ERA in 71 appearances with the Dodgers in 2008 and has posted a sub-4.00 ERA in each of the past four years.
Beimel, who turns 32 on April 19, is believed to have been seeking an annual salary of between $2 million and $3 million. He told MLB.com in February that he does not believe his contract demands have been excessive.
"People were saying I wanted too much money or years, but neither I nor my agent said anything like that," Beimel said. "I don't know where they're getting it. People don't realize, they think you're holding out for multiyear [deals] or a bunch of money. That's not the case with me. I'm just waiting to get something halfway decent.
"I'm sure as Spring Training goes on, guys get hurt or don't perform, and there will be plenty of opportunities."
Beimel earned $2.045 million last year with the Dodgers.
Ed Eagle is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.