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Heath Bell | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (36) / 9/29/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Santa Ana (CA) JC
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said before Thursday's game that the team doesn't have a closer at this point.

The club planned to use Heath Bell at closer while J.J. Putz rebuilt his arm strength, but Bell has blown back-to-back save chances. Putz figures to be the best bet for saves in Arizona over the long haul, but the D'Backs will play the matchups for now.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 07:58:00 PM

Heath Bell blew a save chance Thursday against the Mets.

After entering the bottom of the 13th inning with a 3-2 lead, Bell was able to get Marlon Byrd on a ground out and strike out Josh Satin swinging for the second out. However, Anthony Recker took Bell deep to keep the game alive. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson plans to use Bell in save situations for now while J.J. Putz rebuilds his arm strength, but that arrangement might not last long.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 07:06:00 PM

Heath Bell earned his 15th save of the season Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' defeat of the Mets.

Bell allowed a two-out single to John Buck but got Andrew Brown to fly out to end it. The big righty is filling in at closer for the D'Backs until J.J. Putz rebuilds some arm strength and is worth owning in standard fantasy leagues until he inevitably screws it up. Bell has a 4.45 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 35 total appearances this season.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 12:34:00 AM

Heath Bell is the Diamondbacks' closer once again.

J.J. Putz blew a save Monday in his first opportunity since returning from the disabled list, so the Diamondbacks are turning back to Bell. The hefty right-hander is doubtful to have much success but he needs to be owned in most standard fantasy formats for the time being. Josh Collmenter could be next in line now in Arizona.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 05:12:00 PM

Heath Bell converted his 14th save of the season with a scoreless 11th inning in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

Bell allowed a one-out single to Adam LaRoche but struck out a batter as the Nats never really threatened. The big righty had allowed a homer in five straight outings but made a mechanical adjustment and looked good tonight. He should hold the closer job for a bit longer as the D'Backs ease J.J. Putz back into action.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 09:30:00 PM

Heath Bell said Wednesday that he has fixed a mechanical flaw that was leading to his recent struggles.

Bell didn't reveal what it was, but he said he and Diamondbacks pitching coach Charles Nagy noticed it while watching video and he fixed it during a brief side session on Sunday. While technically still the team's closer despite giving up homers in each of his last five appearances, Bell is surely to give the role back to J.J. Putz when he returns from the DL later this week.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 07:50:00 PM

Diamondbacks manger Kirk Gibson said Sunday that Heath Bell remains the team's closer for now.

It was a half-hearted endorsement, as Gibson also didn't dismiss the possibility of David Hernandez or Brad Ziegler being used in a save situation Sunday. With J.J. Putz also due back soon, Bell, who has allowed a home run in each of his last five relief appearances, is on very shaky ground.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 02:05:00 PM

Heath Bell blew his third save of the season Saturday against the Reds.

The Diamondbacks rallied to win it in the bottom of the ninth inning to rescue the struggling right-hander. Bell has allowed a home run in each of his last five relief appearances and seems doubtful to be trusted with another save opportunity anytime soon. David Hernandez is a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues.
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 10:02:00 PM

Heath Bell gave up a homer in a fourth straight appearance Wednesday, yet he still picked up his 13th save against the Marlins.

The homer by Justin Ruggiano only brought the Marlins to within 3-1. Bell, however, did allow a hit and a walk afterwards as part of a 31-pitch ninth inning. Fortunately for him, the Diamondbacks now have Thursday off, giving him a chance to recover. Bell, though, is leaving the door wide open for J.J. Putz to reclaim closing duties should Putz's rehab progress as hoped.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 06:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Matt Moore
3Alex Cobb
4Chris Archer
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Jake Odorizzi
7Cesar Ramos
8Erik Bedard
Relief Pitcher
R1Grant Balfour
2Heath Bell
3Joel Peralta
4Jake McGee
5Brandon Gomes
6Josh Lueke
7Juan Carlos Oviedo
8Jeff Beliveau
9Brad Boxberger