Ex-Nats P Joe Beimel signs with Seattle, hopes for comeback

Ex-Nats P Joe Beimel signs with Seattle, hopes for comeback
January 19, 2014, 7:00 am
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Former Nats reliever Joe Beimel has had a rough going the last few years. The 37 year old lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 and had Tommy John surgery in May of 2012. He was 35 at the time of the procedure and faced an uncertain future.

Now Beimel is trying once again to work his way back. Late Friday night he agreed to terms on a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. It presents a low-risk move for Seattle, but is another opportunity for Beimel to get back to the show.

Beimel will report to Mariners' spring training in Peoria, Arizona looking for a roster spot. Having not seen him pitch in a few years, it's tough to tell how realistic his chances actually are. He does, however, have one thing going for him. The Mariners had the second-worst bullpen in baseball last year with a 4.58 ERA from their relief pitchers.

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Beimel did return in 2013 to pitch in the minors. He made 30 appearances with Atlanta's Triple-A affiliate, the Gwinnett Braves. He posted a 4.36 ERA in 33 total innings with 24 strikeouts and 16 walks. 

The Mariners could use some help on the back-end of their staff, that much is certain. Beimel may or may not fit the bill, but it looks like a decent opportunity for the veteran.