Mar 24, 2015, 6:19 PM EDT
Veteran reliever Heath Bell was released by the Nationals on Monday after walking five batters and surrendering five runs — four earned — over 6 1/3 Grapefruit League innings. And the 37-year-old righty is not going to try to latch on with another team.
Mar 23, 2015, 5:17 PM EDT
Bell showed up to camp in The Best Shape Of His Life and would have earned $1 million for cracking the Opening Day roster.
Feb 18, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT
Veteran relief pitcher Heath Bell agreed to a minor league contract with the Nationals on December 22 and has spent the final two months of the offseason on a strict diet and workout program …
Dec 27, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT
Heath Bell is looking to hang on with the Nationals in 2015, and he’ll earn at least $1 million.
Dec 25, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT
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Dec 22, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT
Bell was an All-Star as recently as 2011.
Jun 24, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT
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.
Jun 13, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT
Heath Bell will be wearing his third different uniform of 2014. He signed a minor league deal with the Yankees on Friday.
Jun 8, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT
Heath Bell has opted out of his minor league contract with the Orioles and will test free agency.
May 16, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT
Heath Bell, recently released by the Rays, will stay in the AL East now that he signed a minor league deal with the Orioles.
May 15, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT
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.
May 11, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT
Heath Bell and his 4.91 ERA since the start of 2012 are back on the market.
May 4, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT
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.
Apr 11, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT
The Royals get a valuable player back in the lineup after a scary incident earlier in the week.
Apr 8, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT
Good news for the Royals’ second baseman.
Apr 7, 2014, 11:47 PM EDT
Royals second baseman Omar Infante left Monday’s game after he was hit in the face by a pitch.
Mar 17, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT
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…
Mar 4, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT
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…
Feb 21, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT
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…
Jan 4, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT
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…
Dec 29, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT
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…
Dec 9, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT
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…
Dec 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT
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…
Dec 3, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT
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…
Oct 9, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT
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…
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