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John Perrotto of Baseballprospectus.com and baseball columnist of the Beaver County times said Thursday night the Pirates may sign left-hand pitcher Joel Beimel.
“Hearing there is a very good chance that LHP Joe Beimel, the pride of Elk County and Duquesne, will sign with the Pirates as a free agent.”
Troy Renck of the Denver Post confirmed those reports and also said, he was “lured by the role, manager Clint Hurdle and family in the area.”
Beimel is a Pennsylvania native and attended college at Duquesne University.
The 34-year-old lefty had a 3.40 ERA in 71 games with the Rockies during the 2010 season. The 10-year Major League veteran is 23-31 lifetime with a 4.16 ERA.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports: Free agent [pitcher] Jeff Francis still drawing interest from 7 clubs — Nationals, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Rockies and both NY teams.
Francis, who will turn 30 on January 8th, went 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA for the Colorado Rockies during the 2010 season. Through 104.1 innings, he walked 23 and struck out 67. Francis missed the entire 2009 season recovering from a shoulder injury.
The Pirates are still looking to add starting pitching depth. The projected starters for this season are: Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, Kevin Correia and James McDonald with the fifth spot still open. Charlie Morton, Scott Olsen and Brad Lincoln are among the starters who will compete as the fifth starter at spring training.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports: Also Clint Hurdle’s familiarity w Francis’ injury history huge benefit when a guy is trying to rebound with a new team.
Jeff Francis is a pro, great teammate. If healthy, will help someone. If were me, I’d go to pitcher’s park. Give him some margin for error.
The Pirates officially announced on Friday a one-year deal with left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen.
Olsen became a free-agent in November after being out righted by the Washington Nationals.
He will make $500,000 for the 2011 season with the chance to earn up to $3 million in performance bonuses. The deal also includes a club option for 2012.
Olsen, 27, went 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA through 81 innings pitched with the Nationals. He struck out 52 while walking 23.
In six major league seasons, Olsen is 37-49 with a 4.85 ERA in 130 games (127 starts). He has struck out 528 and walked 239 in 723 innings.