Pirates release left-handed reliever Joe Beimel

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As expected, Joe Beimel cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Pirates released him.

Beimel hasn’t pitched well this season, but posted an ERA below 4.00 every year from 2005 to 2010 and could be a potential fit as a second left-hander in a contender’s bullpen.

Pittsburgh ate the remainder of his $1.75 million contract, so now Beimel is available for a prorated share of the minimum salary.