The Rangers are targeting Padres closer Heath Bell and pushing hard in trade talks today, talks that one source with knowledge of the clubs terms "good talks." But as of midday Thursday, a source said that the talks have not yet reached the point where a deal is imminent.
Talks remain fluid as the Rangers look to strengthen their bullpen and it is hard to say whether a deal can be reached yet today, or even before the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline. One Padres source said the other day that the club believes Bell would sign a discounted multi-year deal in San Diego as a free agent this winter and, as such, suggested the club could keep him this summer.
Still, it's hard to see the Padres not dealing him and getting something in return, even if talks between the closer and the team would lead toward belief that they could reunite this winter.