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Heath Bell granted release by the Rays, becomes free agent

May 11, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have granted Heath Bell his release, a week after they designated the right-hander for assignment.

Bell, 36, struggled in his brief time with the Rays, posting a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings over 13 relief appearances. He has not found success since leaving sunny San Diego following the 2011 season. In the time since, he has joined the Marlins, Diamondbacks, and Rays and has a disappointing 4.91 ERA to show for it.

Still, considering that Joel Hanrahan recently found work with the Tigers, it’s hard to imagine Bell getting passed over by 29 teams, most of which could use a veteran arm in the bullpen.

  1. arrooo - May 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Back to the mets

  2. scotttheskeptic - May 12, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    No, Ruben, No!!!!!

  3. ejheim62 - May 12, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    nah. He’s the right age for the Phillies, for sure…

  4. Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Well, I hope he signs someplace soon. Nobody wants that guy out roaming the streets at night.

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