Joe Beimel is returning to the Seattle Mariners organization. Beimel posted the photo above to his instagram account this afternoon, breaking the news himself.
Baseball sources confirmed that Beimel was at the Mariners’ spring training complex to take a physical and will sign a minor league contract.
The Mariners the confirmed that Beimel passed the physical and signed a minor league contract.
“I’m beyond excited to be back in the organization,” Beimel said. “After all the events that transpired this spring, I felt like it was destiny that brought me back.”
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Beimel, 37, was a vital piece to the Mariners bullpen last season. He appeared in 56 games as a middle reliever, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.20 ERA. The team looked at bringing him back this season, but contract talks seemed to break down. Beimel instead signed a non-guaranteed $1.5 million major league deal with the Rangers a few weeks into spring training. He struggled this spring, giving up 14 runs in three innings pitched.
Why a minor league deal?
Well, because the Mariners didn’t have to do that to acquire him. This doesn’t lock them into guaranteed a big league salary. Beimel was released by the Rangers on March 23. So he hasn’t been pitching in games. He’ll need some time to get back into form. He’ll probably pitch at extended spring training and then join Class AAA Tacoma. The Mariners have only one open spot on the 40-man roster that was made available when David Rollins was suspended by MLB. That spot will go to lefty Tyler Olson, who won the last spot in the bullpen.
The Mariners made another roster move, optioning recently acquired left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery to Class AAA Tacoma. The Mariners picked up Montgomery on Tuesday in a trade for right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez