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Jose Contreras out 4-6 weeks; Phillies may pursue Heath Bell

Jun 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

Heath Bell

Jose Contreras joined Brad Lidge on the disabled list, with Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia writing that he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained forearm, and’s Buster Olney reports that “the Phillies are asking around about bullpen help.”

Olney doesn’t get into specifics about who’re they’re “asking around about” yet, but did write that Padres closer Heath Bell is “one name to keep an eye on for Philadelphia.”

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently that the Phillies aren’t going to make a big splash at the trade deadline this year, in part because their payroll is maxed out, but obviously that could change or the Padres could eat the $3 million or so Bell is owed for the second half.

Bell is an impending free agent and the Padres are in last place at 32-44, so unless they plan to re-sign him to multi-year contract for elite closer money it would certainly make sense for San Diego to cash him in for prospects by July 31. In fact, with Bell, Mike Adams, and Chad Qualls the Padres should probably be the first call every contending team makes in their search for veteran bullpen help.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    sorry phillies your not gonna get Bell, your broke remember?

    • mercyflush - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:24 PM

      dirty harry is addicted to the Phillies. He posts his nonsense on every Phillies thread.

  2. tsi4431 - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    My crappy Mets sure could use him when we trade Frankie to the Yankees.

  3. icanspeel - Jun 24, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    The Phillies would be so much better with Bell as their closer. The easy answer to not paying more is give up a little more and have Padres pay the rest of his salary for the year.

  4. Jonny 5 - Jun 24, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    hmmm? But they have a closer. a good one.

    • phillysoulfan - Jun 25, 2011 at 8:48 AM

      He’s injured and could possibly be out the year.

  5. TheWizard - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    With the emergence of Stutes and Bastardo, I don’t think the bullpen is a major area of concern.

    • phillysoulfan - Jun 25, 2011 at 8:49 AM

      You need a veteran to help them if the veterans you have are on the DL.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 26, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    phillies are broke, they wont be adding anyone of any real value at the break

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