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Report: Mariners and Orioles among four teams interested in Heath Bell

May 15, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

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Veteran reliever Heath Bell was just given his release by the Rays earlier this week, but it looks like he won’t be out of work for long.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Mariners and Orioles are among four teams with “serious interest” in Bell. The 36-year-old is expected to sign with a team within the next couple of days, likely on a minor league deal.

The Rays acquired Bell from the Diamondbacks over the winter as part of a three-team trade, but he got the boot after posting an ugly 7.27 ERA and 12/8 K/BB ratio over his first 17 1/3 innings this season. Tampa Bay is on the hook for $5.5 million of his $9 million salary this year. The Diamondbacks and Marlins are covering the rest. Yes, he’s getting checks from three different teams. You don’t see that very often.

  1. renaado - May 15, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Are there any chances he’ll try playin professional Baseball outside the US?

    • aresachaela - May 16, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      LG Twins again?

  2. sabatimus - May 15, 2014 at 11:35 PM


  3. tfbuckfutter - May 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Do they have openings on their grounds crews?

    Dafuq many chances this guy get?

    And as for the contract…. That’s got nothing on the A’s collecting $5m from the Yankees on Kenny Rogers’ contract AFTER trading him with no financial considerations.

  4. vapor54 - May 16, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    o’s may have to look at him. Hunter is shaky

    • dan1111 - May 16, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      Bell has been even worse. Nevertheless, teams often do seem to think that a player who has been terrible on another team has more chance of being useful than a player who has been terrible on their own team.

      I think it is due to errors in the way we think about things. If Hunter has a few good outings, they will still think he is shaky, because his season stats will be bad. But if they acquire Bell and he has a few good outings, they will think the trade “worked”, because look at the 2.01 ERA he has since coming to the Orioles!

    • moogro - May 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Bell is pretty bad. Should be pitching in blowouts only.

  5. steveohho - May 16, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Seems like every mlb player not signed for 2014 is eventually linked to the O’s and Seattle. More agent inspired news?

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