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UPDATE: Forget Heath Bell – it’s Mike Adams to the Rangers

Jul 31, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

Mike Adams

UPDATE:  It’s not often that Ken Rosenthal misfires — he is, in my view, the best at this rumor business —  but he misfired here. Almost immediately after his report that the Padres had traded Heath Bell to the Rangers, multiple reports came in that it was not Bell, but rather, Mike Adams who is going to Texas.  And the word is now that it is official.

In return the Padres will get prospects Joe Wieland and Robert Erlin.  Not a small price, as both of them are great looking prospects.  Wieland threw a no-hitter the other day for Double-A Frisco and is 10-3 with a 1.80 ERA and a 132/15 K/BB ratio in 129.2 innings across Single-A and Double-A ball this year.  Erlin has a slightly higher ERA but a similar BB/K ratio as Wieland across the same two divisions.

A tall price to pay for a setup guy, but clearly the Rangers are thinking “win now.”

2:29 PMPadres asleep at the wheel? Nah, they’re just waking up.  Pacific time, you know.

We don’t have details yet, but Ken Rosenthal just tweeted that the Texas Rangers have traded for Padres’ closer Heath Bell.  Moments before that tweet, it was reported that Bell was called into Bud Black’s office in San Diego.

The Rangers have been talking to the Padres about Bell for some time, but many figured that the interest had died out once they acquired Koji Uehara yesterday.  Now they have three relievers in Bell, Uehara and, oh yeah, Neftali Feliz who could close ballgames if need be and, in any event, can shut down hitters in the late innings.

The Rangers have slowly started to pull away in the AL West these past few weeks. Now it looks like they’re making moves to to mount a formidable run in the playoffs.

  1. nkappel - Jul 31, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Sounds like it’s Mike Adams now, not Bell.

  2. jamie54 - Jul 31, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    WOW! Adams is great and has family in Texas. Good for him, great move for Rangers. Good luck Mike, go get ’em, you deserve the shot to play for a playoff team. Seems like Padres want to extend Bell, feeling is mutual so they’ll get the discount.

  3. icanspeel - Jul 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    That’s surprising, I wonder if they still plan to deal Bell?

  4. rebeljpl - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Well this and the trade for Koji should make for some interesting bullpen performances. I kept hearing locally that they were going to try to get another bat but I guess they didn’t find anything worthwhile.

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