Texas Rangers sign free agent pitcher Joe Beimel

Friday March 6th, 2015

The Texas Rangers have signed free agent left-handed pitcher Joe Beimel, the team announced on Friday.

Beimel, 37, who spent last season with the Mariners, signed a non-guaranteed major league deal and is set to earn a base salary of $1.5 million plus incentives, should he make Texas' roster.

During the 2013-2014 season in Seattle, Beimel posted a 2.20 ERA with a 3-1 record in 56 relief appearances. He held left-handed batters to a .188 batting average.

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Beimel was out of the league during the 2012-2013 season, as he recovered from Tommy John surgery that he underwent while in Rangers training camp in 2012.

In 12 major league seasons, Beimel has recorded a 4.07 ERA with a 27-33 record and 357 strikeouts in 623 appearances. In addition to the Mariners, Beimel has pitched for the Pirates, Rockies, Nationals, Dodgers, Rays and Twins.

The Rangers finished last season 67-95 and in last place in the AL West.

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