Heath Bell Announces Retirement

After being released by the Washington Nationals on Monday, veteran reliever and former Met Heath Bell has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. Bell told’s Corey Brock: “My kids wanted me home. 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...
Via Mets Merized Online
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres Rumor Mill

Heath Bell a Padre…Again? According to columnist Barry Bloom (Twitter links), the former Padres closer is interested in returning to San Diego next year. Bell asked for a release from the Yankees when he realized he most likely wasn’t going to be called up from the minors this year. Keep in mind though, Bell is interested, but would A.J. Preller be?
Via Friarhood
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Heath Bell’s painful three-year slide to being DFA’ed

When the topic of expensive, multi-year contracts for closers comes up, Heath Bell will almost certainly be pointed to as a cautionary tale. Actually, he’s been a warning against long-term investments in relievers since signing a three-year, $27 million contract with the Miami Marlins before the 2012 season. Bell was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, reaching...
Via The Outside Corner
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays promote Nathan Karns, designate Heath Bell for assignment

Nathan Karns will become the Tampa Bay Rays' new depth piece in the bullpen. On Sunday morning, the team promoted the right-hander, who was acquired in a four-player trade with the Washington Nationals last February. The Rays also designated right-hander Heath Bell for assignment. Karns, 26, allowed no runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings in spring training with Tampa Bay. He was...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Omar Infante hit in face by Heath Bell pitch

In the seventh inning of Kansas City’s 4-2 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium, Royals second baseman Omar Infante was hit in the face by a pitch from Rays reliever Heath Bell. Infante immediately went down in a heap before popping up and getting helped off the field by Royals trainers with a towel covering his face. There’s no immediate word on Infante’s...
Via The Outside Corner
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Omar Infante takes Heath Bell fastball to the jaw (GIF)

Royals second baseman Omar Infante took a Heath Bell two-seam fastball to the jaw Monday night and…OH MY GOODNESS.  Bell was obviously looking to come inside on Infante, but the ball kept running in and didn’t stop until it hit Infante square in the face.  There is no reason at all to think the pitch was intended to hit Infante who was helped off the field and, according to...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Happy Birthday! Opening Day newborns get Rays home opener tickets for life

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --€“ Die-hard fans? Try fans from birth. Twelve newborns could become Tampa Bay Rays fans for life. Rays reliever Heath Bell and utility player Sean Rodriguez presented vouchers Tuesday to 12 infants born at Bayfront Baby Place on Opening Day, granting the kids four tickets to all future Rays home openers. The event was part of the "Rays Fan for Life" program...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Newcomer spotlight: Heath Bell looks for fresh start with Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- New team, fresh start, clean perspective. Reliever Heath Bell looks to recapture the consistency that made him an All-Star each season from 2009 to 2011 with the San Diego Padres. After three consecutive years with a sub-3.00 ERA, he posted a 5.09 in 63 2/3 innings with the Miami Marlins in 2012. Bell, 36, showed slight improvement last season with the Arizona...
Via Fox Sports Florida
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays acquire Ryan Hanigan, Heath Bell in three-team trade

The Tampa Bay Rays got pretty much all of the value in a three-team trade also involving the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds, acquiring reliever Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks and Ryan Hanigan in the deal. Tampa Bay also signed Hanigan to a three-year contract extension worth $10.75 million. On the other two sides of the trade, the Reds picked up starter David Holmberg...
Via The Outside Corner
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

D-backs trade Bell to Tampa Bay, gain salary relief

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks did not wait until the winter meetings to start their repackaging, sending reliever Heath Bell to Tampa Bay and left-hander David Holmberg to Cincinnati in a three-team deal Tuesday.The D-backs added minor league right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named from the Rays, but the major get was a heftier wallet, better to serve their long-term mission...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

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