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Rockies trade for Washington reliever Beimel

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post

CINCINNATI – The Rockies on Friday buoyed their bullpen by acquiring left-handed reliever Joe Beimel from the Washington Nationals.

Beimel was packing up his things in Pittsburgh and was hoping to catch a flight to meet with the Rockies in Cincinnati tonight, according to his agent.

“He’s excited about this opportunity,” Beimel’s agent, Joe Sroba, told The Denver Post. “It’s not like he was the last man standing. They tried to sign him in the offseason and have liked Joe for a long time.

“He’s anxious to be on a contending team again.”

Beimel this season is 1-5 with 3.40 in 45 relief appearances. He’s known as a sinkerball pitcher who rarely allows a home run. In his nearly 40 innings pitched this season, he’s given up just three home runs. Before this season, he played three years for the Dodgers after getting to the big-leagues in 2001.

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