Left-hander Joe Beimel, Rangers agree to $1.5 million deal

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Left-hander Joe Beimel and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a $600,000, one-year contract that would escalate to a $1.5 million deal if he spends at least one day on the active major league roster during the regular season.

The deal, announced Friday, is not guaranteed, which means Beimel is assured only $98,361in termination pay if he is released before the final 15 days of spring training. He can earn $300,000 in performance bonuses based on games pitched: $75,000 each for 45, 50, 55 and 60.

Beimel, 37, was 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 56 relief appearances last season with Seattle and held left-handed hitters to a .188 batting average.

He attended spring training with the Rangers in 2012, had a 4.50 ERA and was released. He then was diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament, had surgery and didn't return to the major leagues until last year.

Beimel is 27-33 with a 4.07 ERA in 23 starts and 600 relief appearances with Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington, Colorado and Seattle.

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