Dodgers' lefty Beimel avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year deal

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers avoided arbitration with Joe Beimel, agreeing Friday to a $1,925,000, one-year contract with the
left-handed reliever.

Beimel appeared in a career-high 83 games to set a franchise
record for left-handed pitchers last season and went 4-2 with a
3.88 ERA and one save. The 30-year-old joined the Dodgers in 2006,
going 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA and two saves in 62 games. He has an
overall big league record of 16-22 with a 4.58 ERA.

The last Dodgers' player remaining in arbitration, Beimel can
earn an additional $40,000 each by appearing in 50, 60, 70 and 85
games this season.

He had asked for $2.15 million and was offered $1.7 million
after making $912,500 last season.