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Yankees sign Heath Bell to a minor league deal

Jun 13, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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The Yankees have signed veteran reliever Heath Bell to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Chad Jennings of the LoHud.com reports. To make room for him on the RailRiders roster, right-handed pitcher Mark Montgomery was moved from Triple-A to Double-A Trenton.

Bell, 36, opted out of his minor league deal with the Orioles on Sunday when he learned that he wasn’t a candidate for a promotion at the time. He had signed with the club on May 16 after having been released by the Rays days prior.

In 17 1/3 innings at the major league level with the Rays, Bell posted a 7.27 ERA with a 12/8 K/BB ratio. With Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles’ system, Bell posted a 4.22 ERA with an 11/6 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings.

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  1. miguelcairo - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Yuck.

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    A minor league signing for possible insurance is never a bad thing.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Isn’t insurance supposed to help you when you’re in trouble? I’d rather have Kelly Johnson pitching out of the bullpen than Heath Bell.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        Insurance is something you carry and hope to never have to use. I would say that perfectly describes Heath Bell.

      • bigharold - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        “Isn’t insurance supposed to help you when you’re in trouble?”

        If the Yankees get to the point that Bell is a viable option then what they need isn’t insurance, .. it’s the start of the 2015 season to come cause this season is clearly over.

  3. 18thstreet - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Not a shot at the Yankees, but I don’t get it. He’s demonstrated that he stinks, but this always seems to happen with bad relievers. They retire when they want to; they get a million second chances.

  4. luz56 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    WTF……can’t these guy watch game film on this guy???

  5. icanspeel - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Making his way through the AL East. Should be a Red Sox or Blue Jay player in a few weeks.

  6. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    OMFG.

    This is not hard to figure out. Heath Bell is a pitcher with alot of natural talent who peaked early and bottomed out early because if want to have a viable career past your mid-thirties, your work out regimen can’t consist solely of 12 ounce curls at the local pub.

    There is no viable scenario under which he even gets called up, so what is the point of this? A blocking move? Why? At this point the Yanks should be hoping he signs with a rival.

  7. kiwicricket - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    An outbreak of Elephantiasis would be of more use to the Yankees.

  8. trbmb - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    A typical Cashman move, sign anybody who’s available and hope for magic. Cashman The Magician. Given he’s a crap GM, this helps ready him for a Circus career.

  9. 4grammarpolice - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    The rich get desperate.

  10. chinahand11 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    I just can’t see how Heath got so bad so fast. He left his talent in SD when he left as FA. Man what a dropoff.

  11. f.verd - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Maybe the Yanks are hoping that opposing batters won’t recognize the clean-shaven Bell pitching at the Stadium… Or maybe they’re hoping it’s a distraction to opponents… “His face isn’t familiar, but his name rings a _______.”

  12. foreverchipper10 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Sweet. Can’t wait to see this guy pitch in person. Gotta get me a Monday ticket soon for dollar dog night.

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