The Rockies are close to an agreement to bring back Joe Beimel on a minor league contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The new deal should be confirmed by the morning, according to the report.
Beimel, who turns 33 in April, posted a 4.02 ERA in 26 relief appearances down the stretch for the Rockies last season.
Beimel ruled out a return to Colorado as recently as last month, however Huston Street’s injury has changed the complexion of the Rockies’ bullpen. Franklin Morales, the team’s primary left-hander, is the favorite for the ninth-inning gig in Street’s absence, leaving the likes of Randy Flores and Jimmy Gobble as internal candidates to be a left-handed specialist. It’s not known how long Beimel will need to be ready for the start of the season, but he should immediately jump either once he’s ready.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: