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Orioles sign Heath Bell to a minor league deal

May 16, 2014, 8:30 PM EST

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles have signed reliever Heath Bell to a minor league deal, and MASN’s Roch Kubatko confirms the deal. Yesterday, D.J. Short mentioned that the Orioles were one of the four teams expected to land the right-hander.

Bell, 36, was released by the Rays on Sunday, about a week after he had allowed three runs in an inning of work against the Yankees. Bell had struggled for them all season long, however, posting a 7.27 ERA with a 12/8 K/BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings.

The Orioles have had some issues at the back of the bullpen, as closer Tommy Hunter has a 6.60 ERA and three blown saves despite leading the league in converted saves with 11.

  1. luz56 - May 16, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Is it really possible to have 4 different teams paying his salary?….

    • sabatimus - May 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Somehow, yes.

  2. brownsbravescanes - May 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Why, though?

    • randomdigits - May 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Dan has a bit of a hoarding problem.

      The man takes in more strays then the ASPCA.

      • boogerhill - May 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Hoarding garbage, that is! See Jack Cust!

      • randomdigits - May 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        Jack didn’t make it out of Spring Training.

      • mmeyer3387 - May 18, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        But, Dan has also made another low risk – high reward deal. Sometimes they do work out, if they don’t so what. No harm done, right!

  3. boogerhill - May 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Why? Another fat guy like Hunter that can fail, does he turn pink under pressure, too?

  4. ch0psuey - May 16, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Everyone can hate on him for his Marlins days, etc etc, but I still gotta back Heath as he was nails for us here in San Diego. Won’t turn on him as many others have. Hope he has much success in Baltimore.

    • Old Gator - May 17, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Whereas your loyalty is admirable from some perspectives, you have to remember that Bell was not only a flop on the field here in Macondo, but as toxic as Ebola in the clubhouse where he badmouthed guys behind their backs and tried to brown-nose some of the brainstem trust as well. He was roundly detested by his teammates, who were as happy to see him go as they were to escape themselves if they were so lucky. 2012 was a really, really bad year for the Feesh on every level, and Bell had a lot to do with that.

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