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  1. 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.

  2. Yankees sign Heath Bell to a minor league deal

    Jun 13, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Heath Bell will be wearing his third different uniform of 2014. He signed a minor league deal with the Yankees on Friday.

  3. Heath Bell opts out of minor league contract with Orioles

    Jun 8, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Heath Bell has opted out of his minor league contract with the Orioles and will test free agency.

  4. Orioles sign Heath Bell to a minor league deal

    May 16, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Heath Bell, recently released by the Rays, will stay in the AL East now that he signed a minor league deal with the Orioles.

  5. 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 released by the Rays earlier this week, but it looks like he won’t be out of work for long.

  6. Heath Bell granted release by the Rays, becomes free agent

    May 11, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Heath Bell and his 4.91 ERA since the start of 2012 are back on the market.

  7. Rays designate Heath Bell for assignment

    May 4, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

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    From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays have designated right-handed reliever Heath Bell for assignment, clearing a 40-man roster spot for the promotion of Nate Karns.

  8. Omar Infante returns to the Royals’ lineup following scary HBP

    Apr 11, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Ned Yost, Omar Infante

    The Royals get a valuable player back in the lineup after a scary incident earlier in the week.

  9. Omar Infante has no concussion or fractures

    Apr 8, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Omar Infante AP

    Good news for the Royals’ second baseman.

  10. Omar Infante hit in face by pitch, undergoing tests for concussion and broken jaw

    Apr 7, 2014, 11:47 PM EDT

    Omar Infante AP

    Royals second baseman Omar Infante left Monday’s game after he was hit in the face by a pitch.

  11. 2014 Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Mar 17, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

    Towers Gibson AP

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Can the Diamondbacks withstand the injury to Patrick Corbin and get over the .500…

  12. 2014 Preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins lose fewer than 100 games? The Marlins lost exactly 100 games…

  13. Heath Bell on time with D-Backs: “I always felt like I was trying to swim upstream”

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

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    Since leaving the spacious confines of Petco Park as the closer for the Padres, Heath Bell has had a tough time. Going into the 2012 season, Bell signed a three-year, $27 million contract. He struggled all year, eventually getting moved out of the ninth inning by then-manager Ozzie Guillen. Bell finished with a 5.09 ERA…

  14. Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey “wouldn’t be surprised” if Fernando Rodney returns

    Jan 4, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    The Rays addressed their need for a closer by acquiring Heath Bell in a three-team trade at the beginning of December. Fernando Rodney, who had been their closer for the past two seasons, became a free agent at the conclusion of the 2013 regular season, but the right-hander has yet to sign with a new…

  15. Ranking the best off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    We’re almost into 2014, which means we’re only about a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training — the official start of baseball. Most of the big name free agents are off the board and thus most teams have already finished shopping or have done most of the heavy…

  16. Jarrod Saltalamacchia introduced as the Marlins new catcher

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia, his wife and his three daughters just came into the media room here at the Winter Meetings to be introduced as the Marlins’ new catcher. It was a touching ceremony: It put me in mind of the Winter Meetings two short years ago, when we last saw the Marlins introduce a big free…

  17. Rays sign newly acquired Ryan Hanigan to extension

    Dec 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan AP

    As part of their trade acquiring Ryan Hanigan from the Reds earlier today the Rays announced a three-year, $10.75 million contract extension with the catcher. The deal also includes an option for 2017, which means Hanigan is now under team control through age 36. He was arbitration eligible for the final time in 2014 and…

  18. Rays get Ryan Hanigan from Reds, Heath Bell from Diamondbacks in three-team deal

    Dec 3, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan Getty

    UPDATE: Not only are the Rays getting Hanigan from the Reds as their new starting catcher, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’re also getting reliever Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade. Bell has become sort of a punchline in recent years, but he was quietly fairly effective…

  19. Is there room for Wade Miley under that bus?

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Towers

    Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers is a dinosaur, no doubt, but he’s also in charge of a major league baseball team, so we have little choice but to take him somewhat seriously, even when he goes on to a radio show (Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo show, to be specific) says stuff like this: “I…

  20. Mariano Rivera notches ninth 40-save season

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than…

  21. Phillies walk off for the third consecutive game

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies, perhaps coincidentally, have started to play better since firing long-time manager Charlie Manuel and replacing him with Ryne Sandberg. With tonight’s walk-off victory, their third consecutive walk-off, they have won five of their last six games. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Phillies victimized Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, who we later found out was…

  22. The Diamondbacks beat the Mets in a wild one

    Jul 4, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks AP

    If you have been out of the loop for the past few hours on this Fourth of July, you missed a wild one at Citi Field. Fending off a pair of dramatic comebacks, the Diamondbacks defeated the Mets 5-4 in 15 innings. It took five hours and 46 minutes to get a winner. The game…

  23. Heath Bell is the Diamondbacks closer

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Heath Bell, a Proven Closer, is once again closing: #Dbacks manager Kirk Gibson is moving J.J. Putz out of the closer’s role in favor of Heath Bell for right now. — Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) July 2, 2013   We now have conclusive evidence that Kirk Gibson is really a Dodgers’ sleeper agent. I mean really,…

  24. J.J. Putz back with Diamondbacks after missing seven weeks with elbow injury

    Jun 29, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    J.J. Putz Getty

    After missing seven weeks with a right elbow injury, J.J. Putz was activated from the disabled list this afternoon. Putz originally appeared bound for surgery due to a strained flexor pronator and nerve irritation, but he didn’t have any setbacks after resuming his throwing program and made it through four minor league rehab appearances without…

  25. Heath Bell is still the Diamondbacks’ closer for some reason

    Jun 24, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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    Heath Bell gave up a homer in his fifth consecutive game on Saturday and his ERA is at 5.02, but he’s still the Dbacks’ closer reports Tyler Emerick of MLB.com:  “Pretty much the way it is, he’s going to be our closer,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “We want to get him turned around  … Is…

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