The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Chris Young and cash considerations from the Diamondbacks for middle infielder Cliff Pennington along with minor-league shortstop Yordy Cabrera to Arizona.
Arizona then turned around and traded Cabrera to the Miami Marlins in exchange for relief pitcher Heath Bell and cash considerations. I’m assuming Miami will be paying more than half of Bell’s remaining contract.
Bell, 35, was signed by the Marlins last offseason to a three-year, $27 million deal, but had a disastrous 2012 season.
He blew eight saves and had a 5.09 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. Bell wore out his welcome after several contentious incidents with manager Ozzie Guillen this season.
There was some talk in the past that the Mets may have had interest in Chris Young, but that’s no longer a consideration now.
Looks like some teams are already on the move as the Hot Stove season gets underway before the World Series has even started.