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Yankees release Heath Bell

Jun 24, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

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Heath Bell signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on June 13, but after five unimpressive appearances at Triple-A they’ve released the 36-year-old reliever.

Bell was previously released from Triple-A by the Orioles, who signed him to a minor-league deal after he was cut from the Rays’ big-league team. Overall this season he has a 5.40 ERA in 17 innings at Triple-A and a 7.27 ERA in 17 innings as a big leaguer.

Also of note: Bell is still being paid $9 million this season as part of his original $27 million contract with the Marlins, who dumped him on the Rays in December while agreeing to cover about half of that money.

  1. navyeoddavee9 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Time to call it a career

  2. coloredink5 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    its strange on how he did so well with the padres, but just couldn’t manage to do well with any other team. Maybe his problem is in his psychological instead of physical.

  3. aztecperuano - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Petco (pitcher’s park)!!!!

  4. renaado - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    He can still play for the LG Twins.

  5. mungman69 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:48 AM

    Whatever he had once was gone!

  6. sheriffpeyton18 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    He was abysmal with the DBacks. What a huge disappointment!

  7. foreverchipper10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    And I didn’t even get a chance to see him here. Sigh.

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