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Heath Bell would gladly setup if traded

Jul 11, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

Heath Bell

In contrast to Francisco Rodriguezwho apparently doesn’t want to be a setup guy if he gets dealt — Padres’ closer Heath Bell is just fine with that. At least as long as he can go back to closing for 2012 when he presumably will sign someplace else as a free agent. Here’s Bell:

“If you’ve got a closer right now and you need me to be the eighth-inning guy, I’ll be the eighth-inning guy. Secretly, I would probably tell the manager, ‘Look, I’m going to go out there and I’m going to show you I can beat the other guy.’ If the other guy is better than me, then we’ll have one heck of a bullpen.”

Bell is one of the few truly elite players who are clearly on the block, and he could help any number of contenders, including the Yankees, Phillies and Rangers.

  1. skerney - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Heath Bell is still good enough to close and would be wasted as a setup man. K rod is no longer solid enough to close and should be a setup man. Bizarro.

    • screename529 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Except…having the better guy be setup, rather than only being used only based on an arbitrary stat, might be the more efficient use of him. Therefore, Bell might be MORE wasted as a closer.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Now that’s what a closers beard is supposed to look like. Lidge for Bell and some low level talent?

    • skerney - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Brad Lidge is low level talent.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:32 PM


      • spudchukar - Jul 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM

        Skerney, Kudos to you, but your comment still had one to many words.

  3. icanspeel - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Heath bell is the definition of a team player and besides his pitching abilities will make a good teammate to whichever team gets him since we know there is no way the Padres will keep him.

  4. skerney - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    SD should keep Bell. The bullpen is the only good part of that team.

  5. Kevin S. - Jul 11, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    In fairness to K-Rod, he has fourteen million reasons to stay a closer that Heath Bell doesn’t.

  6. micker716 - Jul 11, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Here’s a guy who spent 10 years in the Mets system getting jerked around and then waited behind Trevor Hoffman to get his chance to finally be the closer when he was in his 30’s. Nothing was ever handed to him and he’s still willing to out and prove himself. Punks like K-Rod and Rasmus could learn a lot from Bell. A class act and SD is going to miss him.

  7. uuddlrlrbastart - Jul 11, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Omar Minaya traded Heath Bell when he was making the league minimum for Jon Adkins (1 IP for the Mets) and Ben Johnson (30 PA).

    Omar Minaya signed Francisco Rodriguez and gave him the completely absurd vesting option that makes him impossible to move.

    I think I might go have a good cry.

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