Padres 'not in mix' for Beimel
GM Towers looking elsewhere after addition of Sanchez
PEORIA, Ariz. -- While the Padres are scouring the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues for pitching help, they apparently won't be turning to left-handed free agent Joe Beimel in 2009.
San Diego general manager Kevin Towers said that the Padres "are not in the mix" for Beimel. Instead, the Padres inked former New York Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez to a Minor League contract Sunday.
Beimel is reportedly asking for between $2 million and $3 million annually. The Padres are reluctant to offer that kind of money to a reliever.
By all accounts, San Diego isn't done looking for help in its bullpen and possibly its starting rotation, where there's questions surrounding the final two spots behind starters Jake Peavy, Chris Young and Cha Seung Baek.
Kevin Correia appears to have an edge on the No. 4 spot in the rotation, and Josh Geer might have an edge at the No. 5 job, though nothing is set in stone.
Padres manager Bud Black has said that he doesn't have to carry a left-hander as part of his bullpen, though he certainly wouldn't mind having a southpaw to neutralize the left-handed bats in the division.
The Padres don't currently have anyone of that profile in camp that they are certain can do that, but they think there will be pitchers available toward the end of Spring Training who are out of Minor League options.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.