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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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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. Dec 22 - 12:07 PM

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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.
Jun 24 - 5:19 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.
Jun 13 - 5:38 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.
Jun 8 - 9:16 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.
May 16 - 8:47 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.
May 15 - 8:13 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.
May 11 - 9:05 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.
May 4 - 10:23 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.
Apr 24 - 5:35 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

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that the Diamondbacks could deal Heath Bell as part of a three-way trade with the Reds and Rays.

No word yet on where he'll be headed, but the Reds are expected to trade Ryan Hanigan to the Rays in part of the deal. Bell, 36, posted a 4.11 ERA and 72/16 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings this past season. He's under contract for $9 million next year.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 02:36:00 PM

Heath Bell gave up two homers and three runs in his inning of relief Wednesday against the Padres.

Bell didn't take a blown save or a loss, but he did put the game pretty much out of reach, entering a 2-1 game in the eighth and leaving with the score 5-1. Any chance of him replacing Brad Ziegler as closer is likely gone now.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 01:23:00 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, reliever Heath Bell was recently placed on revocable waivers.

It's a common thing this time of year and doesn't mean a transaction is coming. Bell has a 3.88 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 62/13 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings this season -- pretty good numbers considering how often he's been hit hard. The 35-year-old has yielded 10 home runs.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 03:20:00 PM

Heath Bell surrendered two runs in the eighth inning Saturday night against the Phillies.

Bell gave up a one-out single to Carlos Ruiz and a two-run homer to Darin Ruf -- allowing the Phillies to tie the game 7-7. Bell has allowed 10 home runs this year.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 11:56:00 PM

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1B1Ryan Zimmerman
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2Jeff Kobernus
3Wilmer Difo
4Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
4Brian Goodwin
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
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2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Taylor Hill
7Taylor Jordan
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R1Drew Storen
2Tyler Clippard
3Craig Stammen
4Jerry Blevins
5Matt Thornton
6Aaron Barrett
7Xavier Cedeno
8Erik Davis
9Blake Treinen
10Matt Grace
11Bruce Billings
12Heath Bell
13Mitch Lively
14Scott McGregor