Market for second tier relievers still developing

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While many of the big names have come off the market, the names of second tier relievers are starting to be talked about as Spring Training rapidly approaches.

Joe Thatcher, Peter Moylan and Joe Beimel are three relievers who have been in talks with teams recently though no deals have come for any.

Thatcher is said to have fie or more teams seeking his services accordin gto Chris Cotillo. The 33-year-old could likely be had on a one-year contract after finishing 2014 with a 3.86 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio across 30 1/3 innings.

Another name that could end up signing a one-year deal is Moyal who is recovering from a second Tommy John surgery.

“I’m doing fantastic, mate. Dropped 35 pounds.” said Moylan to the Houston Chronicle. “My goal is to be 100 percent by end of spring. Ball is coming out great, though. Probably have to throw for some teams right around the start of spring to gauge interest, but there have already been some nibbles, which is encouraging.”

The 36-year-old reportedly is still considering whether to sign prior to spring training or to wait until the season gets underway. His career numbers are nice (2.80 ERA) but his age and injury history leave open a lot of questions.

Phil Coke is another veteran reliever who continues to talk with teams. While Coke has struggled over the past two seasons that has not stopped teams from being interested. Coke is said to be in better shape as the offseason comes to a close so perhaps he lands a one-year deal where he gets the chance to rehab his value.

Meanwhile the Legend of Joe Beimel has not seen its last chapter. Beimel has a few teams interested in him including the Mariners who he spent the 2014 season with posting a 2.20 ERA in 45 innings.

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