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13 Heath Bell RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/250 | Birthdate: 9/29/1977 | Birthplace: Oceanside, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Rancho Santiago Coll. CA (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: /images/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 275.18

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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
(5/4/2014) 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. 


Diamondbacks change ninth-inning plans


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2013) Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told reporters prior to Saturday's game against the Braves that he would go with recently activated closer J.J. Putz if the team has a save situation. Putz was brought off the disabled list Saturday after overcoming an elbow injury. 

Interim closer Heath Bell has allowed seven runs in his previous six outings. 


Heath Bell earns save in extra innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2013) Diamondbacks reliever Heath Bell earned his 14th save in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Nationals, pitching a scoreless 11th inning while striking out one.

It was Bell's first scoreless appearance in his last six games after surrendering home runs in each of his last five. He has a 4.85 ERA in 29 2/3 innings.


Heath Bell works out mechanical issue


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2013) Diamondbacks closer Heath Bell told MLB.com Wednesday that he has worked out the mechanical issue that led to his recent struggles. Bell allowed seven runs in four innings over his last five outings, including a home run in each of those appearances.

"I fixed it last Sunday," Bell said. "It was really something very simple. It's one of those things sometimes a coach sees you do something that you don't feel yourself doing or see yourself doing. Then you correct it. And as soon as you do, it's like, 'Why wasn't I doing this before?'"

Heath Bell still closing -- for now


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2013) Heath Bell is still the Diamondbacks' closer, but with J.J. Putz's return nearing and Bell racking up poor outings, the rumbles have begun to grow that he will lose his job. Manager Kirk Gibson gave him a vote of confidence Tuesday, but it wasn't in the most assuring manner.

"You guys are all bent on who's the closer and this and that," Gibson told MLB.com. "We're trying to win the game -- period. For all intents and purposes, he's our closer. Will he maybe not close tonight? Maybe not. We're going to do what we think needs to be done to win the game."

Bell has allowed a home run in each of his last five appearances, and could be pushed out of the role when Putz returns which could come as soon as Friday. 


Heath Bell remains Diamondbacks closer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2013) Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Sunday that reliever Heath Bell remains the team's closer, Fox Sports Arizona reports.

Bell has surrendered one home run in each of his last five appearances, giving up a total of seven earned runs on eight hits and four walks over four innings in his last five games.