- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

VIERA, FLA. (AP) - The Washington Nationals have added reliever Joe Beimel and released oft-injured starter Shawn Hill, who beat the team in salary arbitration.

Beimel, a left-hander who turns 32 next month, got a $2 million, one-year contract and will become the primary setup man for closer Joel Hanrahan.

Beimel was 5-1 with a 2.02 ERA in 71 appearances for the Dodgers last year, his third season with Los Angeles. He also pitched for Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, going 21-23 with a 4.31 ERA in eight major league seasons.

Hill will receive $127,049 in termination pay rather than the $775,000 salary he was awarded on Feb. 7 following an arbitration hearing. The team had offered $500,000.

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