Dodgers haven’t ruled out signing Joe Beimel

TFWV was in the crowd by one of the back fields this morning holding up a gigantic sign imploring the Dodgers to sign his favorite situational lefty, and given the way all the serious candidates for that role have pitched this spring, perhaps the Dodgers could use a guy like Beimel. Well, it turns out that the club does have SOME interest in re-signing him — but only if the price comes down. Ditto Will Ohman, another veteran situational guy who remains in limbo on the free-agent market. Both pitchers are seeking salaries between $2 million and $3 million, and the Dodgers aren’t going to pay that kind of dough to a guy who comes in and faces one or two batters at a clip. The same apparently is true of several other teams. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro told mlb.com yesterday that his team won’t be signing either Biemel or Ohman. You have to figure to price for those two guys has to come down soon if they want to work this year — especially since free-agent lefty Dennys Reyes signed with the Cardinals on Thursday for two years, $3 million, an average annual value of $1.5 million. Reyes held lefty hitters to a .202 average with the Twins last year, while Beimel was comparatively rocked for a .278 average by lefties, who batted .200 against Ohman. All three pitchers are exactly the same age (31). Beimel’s incentives took him to $2.045 million with the Dodgers last year after he avoided arbitration and settled for $1.925 million. He probably won’t get that much this year. Ohman made $2.5 million last year with the Braves.

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