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21 Heath Bell RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/234 | Birthdate: 9/29/1977 | Birthplace: Oceanside, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: Rancho Santiago Coll. CA (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: /images/players/unknown-hat-170x170.png | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999

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Longtime Padres closer Heath Bell calls it a career at 37


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Heath Bell, who was released by the Nationals on Monday, told Corey Brock of MLB.com on Tuesday he has decided to call it a career.

"My kids wanted me home," Bell said. "What's more important: my kids or the big leagues? I've already accomplished more than I ever dreamed of. Now it's time to help them accomplish their dreams."

Bell, 37, spent his MLB career with five different teams, but saw his most successful stint with the Padres from 2007-2011. The right-hander earned three trips to the All-Star game during his stint with the Padres, registering a 2.53 ERA with 134 saves as the team's closer. He reached at least 40 saves in each of his three All-Star seasons.

Bell finished his big-league career with a 3.49 ERA and 168 saves.


Report: Nationals release Heath Bell


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) The Nationals have released pitcher Heath Bell, MLBDailyDish.com reports.

Bell has pitched for four different teams over the last four years but struggled the most in 2014, when he posted a 7.27 ERA and 12:8 K:BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings with the Rays. The former closer has racked up 168 career saves.


Nationals' Heath Bell in the best shape of his life


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Nationals reliever Heath Bell reported to camp in the best shape of his life, according to The Washington Post

Bell claims to have lost 40 pounds during the offseason in an attempt to get in better shape for the season. After signing a minor-league deal with the club during the offseason, Bell will have to earn his spot on the major-league roster during the spring. 

Bell said he wanted to make a good impression with his new club. "I wanted to come into camp and people say, 'He works his butt off,'" Bell said. "I still need to get people out. It’s just gonna make me look nicer." In order to get in better shape, Bell trained for two triathlons during the offseason. He also made sure to eat healthier. 

While Bell faces an uphill climb in order to make the team, he believes he can do so if he performs.  "I feel like my chances are how I perform on the mound and getting batters out."

Bell posted a 7.27 ERA over 17 1/3 innings last year. 


Nationals RP Heath Bell attributes struggles to 'really bad luck'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Since leaving the Padres after the 2011 season, three-time All-Star reliever Heath Bell has had his fair share of struggles. The veteran right-handed pitcher has gone 10-8 with a 4.91 ERA and 34 saves since 2012 for the Marlins, Diamondbacks and Rays.

Bell is now seeking redemption after a few down years, but he will need to pitch his way back into the majors, as he heads to spring training on a minor-league deal with the Nationals.

"I think the last three years I’ve had really bad luck," Bell told The Washington Post. "And I haven’t been hitting my spots. I take ownership for what I’ve done. I feel like I’ve done an okay job but I haven’t in other aspects and need to be a lot better.

"I need to go to Washington this year, come to spring training and show that I can get people out and deserve to be on the team and go out there and give it my all. If [Manager] Matt Williams and the coaches there think I can help the ballclub out, then great. I think they think I can help. That’s why I went to D.C. and that’s why they’re interested. Now I need to go out there, shut up and do it on the field."

Bell's struggles began in 2012 with the Marlins after he signed a three-year, $27 million deal. He said "something happened" to him mechanically with the Marlins that he "couldn't get back from it."

However, Bell said he made some tweaks to his mechanics and pitching style, and added he finally feels comfortable again.

“My arm feels amazing,” he said. “It feels really good. A lot better than it has in the past. I’ve done stuff that I haven’t done in years.”


Report: Nationals sign reliever Heath Bell


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) The Nationals have signed former standout closer Heath Bell to a minor league contract, a source has told MLBDailyDish.com.

Bell was released by the Yankees in June, though he did not pitch for them at the major league level. He stumbled along with a 7.27 ERA earlier in the season with Tampa Bay.

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Yankees release Heath Bell after brief Triple-A run


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) The Yankees released pitcher Heath Bell Tuesday, after he failed to impress while pitching on a minor-league contract.

Bell made five appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, posting a 7.50 ERA before his release. The former All-Star closer failed to stick with two organizations earlier in the season, as he had a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings with the Rays. 


Heath Bell latches on with Yankees' Triple-A team


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Well-traveled former closer Heath Bell has apparently signed a minor league deal with the Yankees, the New York Daily News has reported. He is on the roster at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Bell, who opted out of his contract with Baltimore on Sunday, has been in six different organizations since 2011. He compiled a 7.27 ERA with Tampa Bay earlier this season. His heyday was with San Diego, with whom he racked up 132 saves in three years.


Heath Bell opts out of contract


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Reliever Heath Bell opted out of his contract with the Orioles on Sunday, and is officially a free agent, SB Nation reports. Bell is looking for a chance to pitch in the majors and it didn't appear as if the Orioles would have given him that chance.  The 36-year-old posted a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings with the Rays earlier this season.

Heath Bell inks minor-league deal with Orioles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) The Orioles have signed former Rays reliever Heath Bell to a minor-league deal on Friday, FOX Sports reports. The 36-year-old posted a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings at the time he was released by Tampa Bay. 


Heath Bell expected to make decision soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The Mariners and Orioles are among the four teams interested in signing former Rays reliever Heath Bell, SB Nation reports Thursday. Bell was released by Tampa Bay on Sunday and is expected to make a decision soon. The 36-year-old posted a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. 

Heath Bell released by Rays


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) The Rays have released reliever Heath Bell Sunday.

Bell was designated for assignment a week ago. There was no interest in a team dealing for Bell. The Rays will owe Bell $5.55 million this year. The 36-year-old posted a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. 


Heath Bell designated for assignment Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:23 am ET) Rays pitcher Heath Bell was designated for assignment Sunday.

Bell hasn't performed well this year, posting a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. The team called up pitcher Nathan Karns, and needed to make room on the active roster. 


Heath Bell pegged with first loss in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Rays reliever Heath Bell showed some command issues on Sunday and suffered his first loss of the season in his team's 5-1 loss to the Yankees.

Bell walked the bases loaded in the 12th inning, breaking a 1-1 tie. He was charged with one run on one hit and two walks while striking out two in one inning pitched. He owns a 5.79 ERA over 9 1/3 innings.

Heath Bell worked with personal trainer during offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Rays reliever Heath Bell worked with a personal trainer during the offseason, according to MLB Network Radio.

Bell said he's in "really good baseball shape." This is the second time Bell has referenced his workout regime this spring, so he's clearly excited about what he's been able to accomplish. Prior to the team signing Grant Balfour, Bell was one of many candidates who could have picked up some saves. 

Last season, Bell posted a 4.11 ERA in 65 2/3 innings.


Heath Bell feels 'better than ever' heading into spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) The signing of Grant Balfour to close out games for the Rays hasn't stopped reliever Heath Bell, who was in the running for the closer's role prior to the Balfour signing, from putting in a productive offseason. 

Bell took to Twitter recently to state he has worked hard this offseason with trainer Todd Durkin and he feels "better than ever." Bell also added "spring training can't come fast enough!"


Rays might open season with closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) With Fernando Rodney still on the free-agent market, the Rays are on track to open spring training and potentially the beginning of the season without an anointed closer. Though, the Rays have plenty of options, including Heath BellJoel PeraltaJuan Carlos OviedoJake McGee and Alex Torres.

While the Rays might start the season with a closer-by-committee approach, pitching coach Jim Hickey believes one pitcher should eventually emerge with the closer's role.

"The last couple of seasons, we had the ninth-inning guy, and that's what everyone would prefer. I know I would prefer that," Hickey said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "That will probably end up being the case this year, although it may not be clear for at least a few weeks into the season. Whether it's Heath Bell, Peralta, Jake McGee … Alex Torres might end up being the guy. The thing I'm very comfortable with is that we have four or five guys we trust late in the game when the game is on the line. It's a pretty good situation overall."

Though, it seems to be Hickey believes Bell might be the best candidate for the job.

"The biggest question for me about a ninth-inning guy is can he handle it mentally? Can he handle it intestinally?" Hickey said. "And the fact (Bell) has been there, done that for a number of years answers that, as it did with Fernando. You know he's capable of doing that; he's not going to be afraid of the moment."


Rays trying to flip Heath Bell


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/22/2013) MASN.com reports that the Rays have been looking to trade recently-acquired reliever Heath Bell. The Rays received Bell from the Diamondbacks as part of a three-way trade with the Reds earlier this month.

Should the Rays sign free agent closer Grant Balfour, Bell could become expendable.


Reds, Rays and Diamondbacks complete three-team deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) The Reds, Rays and Diamondbacks have completed a three-team deal, according to FoxSports.com.

The Reds will receive pitcher David Holmberg from the Diamondbacks. Holmberg only pitched 3 2/3 innings in the majors last season. Arizona will receive pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named later. The 22-year-old had a 2.88 ERA in Single-A. The Rays will receive Ryan Hanigan, Heath Bell and cash. Hanigan hit .198 in 222 at-bats last year. Bell had a 4.11 ERA in 65 2/3 innings. 


Heath Bell on his way to Tampa Bay


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher Heath Bell is headed to the Rays, according to FoxSportsArizona.com.

Arizona is said to be the third team in the Reds/Rays trade of Ryan Hanigan. It's not known what other players are involved in the deal. Bell had a 4.11 ERA in 65 2/3 innings last season. 


Heath Bell gives up two home runs


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2013) Diamondbacks reliever Heath Bell gave up two home runs during one inning of work Wednesday against the Padres.

Bell has now given up 12 home runs in 57 2/3 innings. His previous high in a season was six. Bell has a 4.21 ERA in 61 games.


Diamondbacks going with closer by committee


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2013) Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told FoxSportsArizona.com Thursday that the team is going to go with a closer-by-committee approach. The decision comes after Heath Bell blew consecutive saves the last week.

The team will approach the final four games before the All-Star break as the situations dictate, with J.J. Putz and Bell, among others, as likely options. 


Heath Bell gives up game-tying homer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2013) Diamondbacks reliever Heath Bell suffered his fourth blown save in Thursday's 15-inning game against the Mets. Bell allowed a game-tying, solo home run to Anthony Recker in the 13th inning. He had a strike out in his inning.

Bell has allowed eight runs over his last 8 2/3 innings. The right-hander has a 4.59 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 36 appearances.

Heath Bell getting back on track


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2013) Diamondbacks reliever Heath Bell made his return to the closer's role Wednesday, as he saved a 5-3 win over the Mets.

Bell allowed one hit but pitched around it. He gave up a two-out single to John Buck, but he was able to retire Andrew Brown to end the game. He struck out one, while ending the inning with 18 pitches. 

Bell is now 15 for 18 in save chances, and he has tossed four straight scoreless outings after giving up a home run in five straight in June. He lowered his ERA to 4.45. 


Heath Bell to save games again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) The Diamondbacks have opted to move J.J. Putz out of the closer's role for the time being, meaning Heath Bell will be back in the ninth inning, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler.

The Diamondbacks are not happy with Putz's arm strength right now, so Bell will move back into the role after losing it with Putz's return. Bell was 13 for 15 in save chances while Putz was on the DL, and it is unclear how long the team will stay with this arrangement. 


Heath Bell to remain closer...for now


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) Diamondbacks reliever Heath Bell will continue to serve as the team's closer until J.J. Putz builds his arm strength, according to azcentral.com.

Manager Kirk Gibson told reporters Putz would be used in low-leverage situations for a while. He added that Josh Collmenter could receive some late-inning work given the team's struggles late in games. Bell has a 4.60 ERA in 31 1/3 innings.