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Orioles claim Luis Exposito off waivers from Red Sox, designate Josh Bell for assignment

Apr 17, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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Josh Bell, who twice cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects list and was traded from the Dodgers to the Orioles for George Sherrill in mid-2009, has been designated for assignment.

Baltimore dropped Bell from the 40-man roster to make room for catcher Luis Exposito, whom they claimed off waivers from Boston. Exposito is a 26-year-old career minor leaguer with a .665 OPS at Triple-A, so he’s purely backup material.

All of which says a lot about how far Bell’s stock has fallen, which is what happens when you hit just .200 with three homers, a .485 OPS, and a horrendous 78-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 226 plate appearances as a big leaguer. Bell also hasn’t hit much at Triple-A, but he’s still young enough that another team might claim him off waivers.

  1. cereal blogger - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    This is news ?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Yes.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    What position does he play?

    • skipp504 - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      3B

  3. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    This should put them over the top now. You don’t see the Rangers or the Yankees making these kind of moves this early. Theo would not have the guts to do this, good job Ben.

  4. randomdigits - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Not that I mind losing Bell but the O’s do have Roberts sitting on the 15 day DL instead of the 60….

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