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Heath Bell | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 9/29/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Santa Ana (CA) JC
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Heath Bell has decided to retire from baseball.
Bell was released by the Nationals on Monday after allowing five walks and five runs in 6 1/3 spring innings. "My kids wanted me home," the 37-year-old told MLB.com's Corey Brock. "What's more important: my kids or the big leagues? I've already accomplished more than I ever dreamed of. Now it's time to help them accomplish their dreams." Bell will finish his 11-year major league career with a 3.49 ERA and 168 saves. Mar 24 - 5:43 PM

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Nationals released RHP Heath Bell.

A non-roster invitee with Washington, Bell got the save with a scoreless innings Monday against the Yankees, but he gave up four runs and five walks over 6 1/3 innings during Grapefruit League play. The 37-year-old will try to keep him comeback attempt alive with another organization.
Mar 23 - 5:10 PM

Heath Bell pitched a scoreless ninth for the save as the Nationals edged the Yankees 7-6 on Monday.

Bell looks to be in fine shape, but he has walked five and given up four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings this spring. It's doubtful the Nationals will make room for him in their pen, so he needs to impress another team before the end of the spring.
Mar 23 - 5:04 PM

Heath Bell told reporters he lost approximately 40 pounds over the offseason.

Bell, who we have listed at 250 pounds, said he was at 228 pounds before a recent trip to Disney World with his kids. The weight loss is an attempt to grab a spot in the Nationals' bullpen after the club signed him to a minor league contract in December. He's a non-roster invite, so he'll have to earn his way on. At 37 years old, he's running out of chances to pitch again in the majors.
Feb 18 - 7:01 PM

Nationals signed RHP Heath Bell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bell struggled mightily in 2014, posting a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings with the Rays and then even worse numbers with the Yankees' Triple-A team. The 37-year-old right-hander seems doubtful to have an impact in Washington.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 12:07:00 PM

Yankees released RHP Heath Bell.

Bell had a 7.50 ERA in five appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 36-year-old right-hander will presumably try to latch on with a new organization, but we may never see him at the major league level again.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 05:19:00 PM

Yankees signed RHP Heath Bell to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Bell posted a 4.22 ERA over 10 Triple-A appearances for the Orioles before opting out of his contract because he was told a promotion wasn't imminent. He likely has a similar deal worked out with the Yankees. Bell could very well find his way back onto the big league roster, but his days of fantasy relevance are surely over.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 05:38:00 PM

Heath Bell has elected free agency.

The Orioles weren't going to be calling up the veteran reliever any time soon, so he chose instead to look for work elsewhere. He posted a 7.27 ERA over 13 appearances for the Rays this season, and will likely have to settle for a minor league pact wherever he winds up.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 09:16:00 PM

Orioles signed RHP Heath Bell to a minor league contract.

The veteran right-hander was given the boot from the Rays after posting a 7.27 ERA over his first 13 relief appearances. He'll function as additional bullpen depth for the Orioles, and should work his way into the big league bullpen before too long.
Fri, May 16, 2014 08:47:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Orioles and Mariners are two of four teams that have shown "serious interest" in Heath Bell.

Cotillo says that Bell is evaluating offers from the four clubs and trying to determine where would be the best fit for him. He's expected to sign somewhere within the next few days. Bell was released by the Rays over the weekend after putting up a 7.27 ERA over 13 appearances.
Thu, May 15, 2014 08:13:00 PM

Rays released RHP Heath Bell.

Bell had been designated for assignment a week ago and obviously had no problem clearing waivers considering his contract. Given that he can be signed for the veteran minimum now, he won't have trouble finding a job in spite of a 4.91 ERA since the beginning of the 2012 season.
Sun, May 11, 2014 09:05:00 AM

Rays designated RHP Heath Bell for assignment.

Bell surrendered three runs on three hits and a walk in Saturday's loss to the Yankees, and that was evidently the final straw. The big right-hander put up a 7.27 ERA over 13 appearances for the Rays. No one will touch Bell on waivers due to his salary, but he won't have trouble getting a shot somewhere once he becomes a free agent.
Sun, May 4, 2014 10:23:00 AM

Heath Bell was pounded for five runs by the Twins in 1 2/3 innings of relief on Thursday.

It's a good thing the Rays signed Grant Balfour because Bell may well have gotten a chance to close otherwise. He's given up 11 earned runs in his last six appearances, and he's currently sporting an 8.25 ERA.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 05:35:00 PM

Rays acquired RHP Heath Bell and cash considerations from the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade.

The Rays will only be responsible for $5.5 million of Bell's $9 million salary for 2014, as the Diamondbacks and Marlins will pay the rest. It will be interesting to see if the Rays give him a chance at the closer role, as his $9 million option for 2015 vests with 55 games finished in 2014. The 36-year-old had some issues with the home run ball this past season, but made improvements with his strikeout and walk rates. Given the Rays' success with previous reclamation projects, he will be an interesting name to watch in fantasy leagues.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 04:07:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rays will acquire Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks.

Say hello to the Rays' latest reclamation project. Bell, 36, posted a 4.11 ERA and 72/16 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings this past season and could get a crack at the closer role in Tampa Bay. The full three-team trade trade has Bell, Ryan Hanigan and cash considerations going to the Rays while the Reds will get David Holmberg from the Diamondbacks and Arizona will receive minor league right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named later.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 02:50:00 PM

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