OFFSEASON NAT'S sign HEATH BELL

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  1. irish

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    talk about someone who went from lights out to crap
    low risk, maybe he'll become servicable again


    Nationals, Heath Bell Agree To Minor League Deal
    By Steve Adams [December 22, 2014 at 11:08am CST]

    The Nationals have reached a minor league contract with right-hander Heath Bell, the pitcher himself wrote in an exclusive guest column for The Players’ Tribune. The contract includes an invitation to big league Spring Training. Bell is a client of the Ballengee Group.

    Bell, 37, was an All-Star closer with the Padres from 2009-11, pitching to a combined 2.36 ERA with 9.6 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and 132 saves in 202 1/3 innings of work. That excellent performance netted him a three-year, $27MM contract with the Marlins in their offseason spending spree prior to the opening of the new Marlins Park, but that deal proved to be an ill-fated move. Bell struggled to a 4.91 ERA over the past three seasons with three different teams — Miami, Arizona and Tampa Bay — changing hands often in salary dump trades.

    Though Bell has struggled tremendously over the past three years, he does come with some upside and carries minimal risk on a minor league pact. The Nationals already possess a pair of strong closing options in Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. Presumably, Bell will battle to make the club and serve in a setup capacity to Storen.​

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    I would have to agree. I don't know what happened to him but whatever did it happened fast and in a hurry.
     
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    curse of the padres
    reliever mark davis won the cy young with a 1.85 ERA for the pads in 1989
    he then pitched to a 5.35 ERA for the next (and last) five years of his career
     
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    Nice history lesson there bro..
     
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    yeah sorry
    bored... home, sick with a cold [​IMG]
     
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    Didn't mean anything bad by it. You should know I love history expecially when it comes to the game. Hope u feel better bro
     
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    thanks man
    the christmas season has been crazy
    plus i'm in the process of finding a new place and moving
    think i may have found a good one though... checking it out tomorrow
     
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    That sounds good man... Damn not the best time to get sick bro.. I'm sure it will all come out to be great in the end..
     
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    • Assuming he makes the team, Bell will receive a $1MM base salary with a possible $1MM in incentives, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets.
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    I don't see him making the team. I see him staying until the season is about to get started and then he will ask for his release. That or he just goes down to Tripe A and becomes a safety net. The only way Bell makes the team is if he is lights out in Spring.
     
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    yeah he's a longshot
    so glad we didn't go after him
    and i bet you guys are as well
     
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    :pray: Thank the Baseball Gods I am!!!! This would be a Hugh mistake but I have a lot of faith in MO. I don't see the Dodgers doing anything with him, hell they let Wilson walk and still have to pay him all that money.. Someone say that the new front office is trying to clean up the club house... I didn't know that it needed that besides the unhappy guys in the outfield.
     

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