The Pirates had been hopeful that Beam would clear waivers and could therefore have been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Beam was seen as a legitimate candidate to compete for one of the team's final bullpen spots this spring.
Beam split 2008 between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. In 32 relief appearances for the Pirates, Beam went 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA and one save. He walked 20 and struck out 24
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