Rangers add Beimel to lefty bullpen mix
The Texas Rangers added another veteran left-hander into a thin bullpen mix from the left side by signing Joe Beimel to a one-year deal.
Beimel, 37, was in spring training with the Rangers three years ago before having Tommy John surgery. He didn't appear in the majors in 2012 and 2013 as he rehabbed from the surgery but then was solid in the Seattle bullpen last season.
Beimel went 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 56 games for the Mariners and held left-handed hitters to a .188 average (15 for 80) against him. He began his career in Pittsburgh in 2001 and has also pitched for Minnesota, Tampa Bay, the Los Angeles Dogers, Washington and Colorado. He's 27-33 with a 4.07 ERA.
Beimel takes the 40-man spot that was held by Edgar Olmos, who was picked up on waivers from Seattle and then returned to the Mariners with a sore shoulder.
Beimel, Alex Claudio, Martire Garcia and Michael Kirkman are the only four left-handed relievers the club has in camp and only Beimel and Claudio are on the 40-man roster.