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Padres “will listen to offers” on All-Star closer Heath Bell

Nov 5, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

Heath Bell

Adrian Gonzalez’s potential availability is grabbing all the headlines, and rightfully so, but Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the Padres “will also listen to offers on Heath Bell.”

Bell, like Gonzalez, is only under team control through 2011. He’s also in line for a big raise via arbitration after saving 47 games with a 1.93 ERA while earning $4.5 million this season.

Bell has been amazing since the Padres acquired him from the Mets in November of 2006, going 24-15 with 91 saves and a 2.54 ERA in 311 innings, but he’s also 33 years and about to get very expensive with just one season until free agency.

San Diego is in a tough position with both Gonzalez and Bell because they’re likely to be contenders again in 2011, but if the Padres are going to trade one it makes sense to deal the other as well. Hayes writes that general manager Jed Hoyer “thinks they have two closer candidates in Mike Adams and Luke Gregerson” should Bell be traded.

  1. Gobias Industries - Nov 5, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Hoyer should try to get Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson for Bell. That’d be a genius move which may even earn him a 3 year/$3,000,000 contract extension.

    • Ari Collins - Nov 5, 2010 at 3:42 PM

      Minaya jokes never get old.

      • Ari Collins - Nov 5, 2010 at 3:43 PM

        /sarcasm /orisit /franklyimnotsure /maybetheyreallydon’t

  2. JBerardi - Nov 5, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Hard to go wrong trading a soon-to-be-old-and-expensive closer.

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