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Rangers are in “substantive talks” with the Padres for Heath Bell

Jul 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

Heath Bell

So you know, “substantive talks” are more than just “kicking the tires,” which in turn is more than someone just being “willing to listen.”  Anyway.

Ken Rosenthal says that the Rangers are in said “substantive talks” with the Padres for closer Heath Bell.  Given that they’ve basically thrown Neftali Feliz under the bus* during his recent struggles, it should not be at all surprising that they may be interested in Bell.

The Rangers could certainly be the front runners here.  The Cardinals were interested, but they were apparently offering Colby Rasmus, so that theory is over.  The Phillies were interested too, but there has been no activity there in recent days.

*Question for Nolan Ryan and Ron Washington: Now that you believe that Feliz does not have the mentality or intensity or whatever the hell it is you claim he lacks to be a closer, are you prepared to admit that he should have been a starter all along?

  1. psousa1 - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    They get him they might be too tough to beat. Boston could. New York – no. They don’t beat good pitching.

  2. shaggylocks - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    If the Padres are smart, they take Feliz in exchange and convert him into a starter next year. Getting a 200+ inning guy for a 70+ inning guy? Winning.

  3. heyblueyoustink - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Substantive…..so they’re discussing his buffet preferences?

  4. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Wow what an uninformed writer. The Rangers have been always looking for a good closer so they could put Feliz in the rotation once he got some experience.

    • bringpudgebacktotx - Jul 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Actually, the Rangers haven’t always been looking for a good closer. They gave Feliz the option to start or close. Mainly because that’s how Ron works. He asks his guys if they are feeling good, if they can handle their role. If he chose to start, they planned on moving Ogando into the closing role. However, because Scott Feldman AND Tommy Hunter were both injured Ogando was stretched out as a starter. If anything, the Rangers have been looking for relief pitchers and set-up men.

      And Craig is well informed, and a great writer.

  5. psousa1 - Jul 28, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    He looks like a taller version of Turtle on Entourage

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