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Rays designate Heath Bell for assignment

May 4, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

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From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays have designated right-handed reliever Heath Bell for assignment, clearing a 40-man roster spot for the promotion of Nate Karns.

Bell had surrendered 24 hits, eight walks, and 16 runs — 14 earned — in 17 1/3 innings this year for the Rays, who got him from the Diamondbacks this past winter as part of a three-team trade.

The 36-year-old owns a rough 4.91 ERA and 1.507 WHIP in 146 2/3 innings since signing a three-year, $27 million free agent contract with the Marlins prior to the 2012 campaign. That deal ends this fall.

Bell will either be traded, released, or outrighted to Triple-A Durham within the next 10 days.

  1. garryfish - May 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Welcome to the Mets, Heath!

  2. missthemexpos - May 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    With those numbers Heath could fit nicely in the Toronto bullpen!

  3. [citation needed] fka COPO - May 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    And they keep the racist, well done TB!

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Damnit, rapist not racist

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Seriously, f*** that guy. I never root for the Yankees but just as Paperlions describes that’s what I did.

    • paperlions - May 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      It’s funny, every time Lueke comes in, I become a fan of the other team….when he came into a tied game against the Yankees the other day, I was delighted by Lueke’s performance.

  4. doctornature - May 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Jon Daniels ought to sign him so Arrencibia will have somebody to sit next to without feeling like the worst failure in MLB.

  5. groupofsevenrules - May 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I don’t expect that Gator will shed any tears about Bell departing his beloved penninsula once and for all. As I recall he was not exactly his favorite ballplayer, was he? Or, for that matter, I recall that he wasn’t even particularly well liked (there’s your Arthur Miller reference for the weekend, OG) by his teammates either. Indaburg, you’re probably delighted to see the back of him as well.

    • Old Gator - May 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      I pretty much stopped paying attention to Bell once he got shipped orf to disappearing horned toad country. His was surely the worst of the crazy contracts the Feesh gave out in a mad effort to pack Macondo Banana Massacre Field for its debut season, though I never thought that Bell would be as bad as he was. Of course, given Scrooge McLoria’s penchant for backloaded deals and Larry Beinfest’s alchemical capabilities for turning lead into pyrite, he was gone after one wretched season and that was it. When he wound up in the Tropicana Dump, my only concern was that he be kept away from the Dali museum where I was afraid he might emit enough rotten karma to interfere with the Destino projector.

    • indaburg - May 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Good riddance. Now, if we could just get ridnof Lueke…

  6. ptfu - May 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Never send to know for whom the Bell toils; he might toil for thee.

  7. ch0psuey - May 5, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    Been a pretty rough, actually terrible, downward spiral for Bell since he left San Diego. Feel bad for the guy hope rebounds somehow.

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