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Yankees join Rangers, Phils, Cards in Bell talks

Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 12:08 pm
 
By Scott Miller

With the top-shelf starting pitchers off the market, the Yankees contacted the Padres about closer Heath Bell on Sunday morning just hours before the deadline, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com.

The Yankees' last-minute entrance into the Bell derby is not surprising: Having failed to get Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez and the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda, and if they find no other satisfactory starter, the Yankees are expected to fortify their bullpen today. It's what they did last winter after failing to acquire Cliff Lee on the free agent market. Then, they signed free agent closer Rafael Soriano.

The Yankees were one of at least four clubs continuing to call the Padres about Bell on Sunday morning, according to CBSSports.com sources. The Rangers, Phillies and Cardinals continue to talk with San Diego, though to varying degrees.

"They're stalling," one rival source with knowledge of the talks said Sunday morning.

"They aren't being fair," said another.

Clearly, the Padres are taking the Bell talks up to the very last minute while seeking as big of a return as they can get.

All along, Padres sources have insisted that they will keep Bell if they do not get a deal they like, based on the compensatory draft picks they expect to get if they lose him as a free agent this winter. Because Bell will be a Type A free agent, San Diego is expecting one first-round compensatory pick roughly 20 or so picks into the draft, and a sandwich pick in the 40s between the first and second round.

Texas' acquisition of Koji Uehara from Baltimore on Saturday well could have chipped away at the Padres' return for Bell. The Rangers once were viewed as both the most desperate club in the Bell talks and as one with such a deep farm system that the Padres could get a healthy package of prospects back. The latter part of that still holds true because, in sending Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis to Baltimore for Uehara, the Rangers did not dip into their minor-league pool.

Now, with Texas' need not quite so dire, the Rangers are described as not pushing quite so hard on Bell.

Meantime, a source said the Phillies continue to stay in touch on Bell and Padres set-up man Mike Adams, but after their acquisition of Hunter Pence they appear to be unmotivated shoppers in San Diego. The Phillies are building for October, and with Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in their rotation, they easily can move Roy Oswalt and/or Vance Worley into the bullpen to strengthen it.

The Cardinals, according to another source, remain in the Bell talks, but only slightly. They added pitchers Edwin Jackson and two relievers from Toronto the other day and shortstop Rafael Furcal trade became official Sunday morning.

Bell certainly makes sense for the Yankees, especially because earlier this month he said he would be fine with working as a set-up man for a contender down the stretch this season, as long as he returns to closing in 2012. The Yankees, of course, have Mariano Rivera for the ninth innings, but Bell could help them significantly shorten games by teaming with Soriano and All-Star David Robertson to take care of the seventh and eighth innings.

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Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Yankees join Rangers, Phils, Cards in Bell talks

because the package of prospects they recieve must have more value than the two high draft picks



Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Yankees join Rangers, Phils, Cards in Bell talks

Did the Padres overplay their hand here?  Next few hours will be interesting.  Not sure why you wouldn't take the best offer for Bell, Qualls, Ludwick and Harang.  Bell can be had as a F-A if they want him back, Qualls and Harang are found money and Ludwick is nothing but a poor team's starter.



Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Yankees join Rangers, Phils, Cards in Bell talks

The Yankees still need starting pitching, they usually get bombed and then there is no need for a relief pitcher to come in.  They need to dump Colon and Garcia and put Phil Hughes in the bullpen until he gets his velocity back.  They should be looking for starting pitching if there are any around.


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