So the news broke today that the Washington Nationals have just signed lefty relief ace Joe Beimel, which begs the question, why in the heck did the Washington Nationals just sign lefty relief ace Joe Beimel???
The contract is for one year, $2 million, and with the Nationals having no chance in hell of contending this year, it is clear that interim GM Mike Rizzo is just as intent on flushing money down the toilet as Jim Bowden was, because this $2 million is a total waste.
Not that Joe Beimel is not a decent pitcher. More than just a situational lefty, Beimel actually held right-handed batters to an even lower OPS than lefthanders last year, and could easily be slotted in as a setup man on a contending team.
Which means that another good question is why the heck Joe Beimel had to sign with the Nationals. Nobody else would give him even $2 million? Something odd is going on here, or there is something we don’t know about. Everyone kept saying that Beimel was asking for too much, but heck, even Dennys Reyes got $3 million.
Maybe Beimel overplayed his hand and waited too deep into the offseason, after all the jobs were filled?