Beimel, Dodgers cutting ties?

Unless the Dodgers change their minds, Joe Beimel will be pitching for a new team next season.

Beimel’s agent, Joe Sroba, said the Dodgers haven’t contacted him to express interest in re-signing the durable left-handed reliever, who is a free agent for the first time.

“My perception is that they want to go in a different direction,” Sroba said.

Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti later confirmed Sroba’s perception was correct.


Beimel pitched in 216 games over his three seasons with the Dodgers and posted a 3.04 earned-run average. Left-handers hit only .188 against him in 2007, but .278 this year.

Beimel missed the 2006 National League division series against the New York Mets because he cut his pitching hand on a glass at a Manhattan bar. He made three appearances against the Philadelphia Phillies in this season’s NL Championship Series.

Sroba said his client has drawn a fair amount of interest from other clubs. Detroit, St. Louis, San Francisco and Colorado have been reported to be among those interested.

-- Dylan Hernandez