Here's what I wrote about Beimel last week:
Over the last two seasons, Beimel has given the Dodgers 116.3 innings in the 3.3s FIP, good for 1.6 wins above replacement and $2.8 million total. At 32, Beimel isn't old, and he's been effective enough against righties to be used as more than a LOOGY. He's given up just one homer over the last two years and racked up groundball rates near or over 50% since breaking through in the Dodgers' bullpen in 2006. PECOTA and CHONE both expect his ERA to regress back to around 4.00-4.10 in 2009. He should be available for one year, around $2 million, or maybe a bit less.One other thing to note: this is now three pitchers in the Rizz regime, all with groundball rates over 50% (Kip Wells and Julian Tavarez the others). I think we know Mike's type. Don't be shocked if he finds a way to get Alberto Gonzalez onto the 25-man to take advantage of all these groundballers he's piling up.
Regarding Hill. Sad. Bummed. Disappointed. I'm going to assume that the team's doctors see something that none of us do. If he shows up throwing strikes and getting 55% groundballs anytime in the next 16 months, I'll be fit to be tied, but otherwise we'll assume the team thinks he's just broken and wish him luck.
One wonders what changed between when Bowden decided to tender him a contract last winter and now. Is it Hill's health or is it that Rizz differed with Jim on this and is just eating a portion of his $750k salary for the pleasure of overruling his old boss.
- Update: To be precise, as per NFA Brian, they only have to pay 1/6th of Hill's salary since they cut him now. Still in benefit of the doubt mode, I'm going to assume this was entirely a medical decision. If it was the money, this is a near Aaron Crow-level abomination. But I'm in benefit of the doubt mode.
- Update 2: I would be remiss not to give a shout out to FJB commenter NY Stat Guy who had the Hill news hours before hit broke publicly. He broke the news in a comment here.