Tag:Heath Bell
Posted on: November 25, 2010 8:53 am
 

Hot Stove League profile: Heath Bell

Through Nov. 26, CBS Sports' MLB Facts and Rumors will be profiling both free agents and trade candidates who will help stoke the fires of the Hot Stove League. Today: trade candidate Heath Bell.

Hot Stove League Heath Bell is entering the final season of arbitration and notched 47 saves for the Padres last season along with a 1.93 ERA in 70 innings. As Bell's price tag is expected to rise to the $6 million range -- if not more -- the Padres could look to trade the righty, especially as he's likely to depart as a free agent. The Padres may not even be able to bank on his attaining Type A status because the compensatory draft pick process may be done away with in the next CBA, due to expire after the 2011 season.

The Padres have no shortage of quality relievers, although they did lose some depth in the deal of Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb to the Marlins for Cameron Maybin. However, they still have closer-quality relievers of Luke Gregorson and Mike Adams, so it may make sense to move Bell.

STATS

2010: 6-1, 47 SV, 70 IP, 1.93 ERA, 3.11 xFIP, 28 BB, 86 K

Career: 25-20, 91 SV, 419 1/3 IP, 3.16 ERA, 3.18 xFIP, 140 BB, 443 K

WHAT IT WILL TAKE

The Padres won't let Health Bell go for anything less than commensurate value befitting a Type-A free agent, even if the CBA does away with the compensation. You can't bank on future occurrences, and it's possible that free-agent compensation will remain.

The Padres could see a young middle reliever in return, given they'll have deleted three pieces out of a strong bullpen with no viable replacement. Barring that, the club also needs a future at second and/or shortstop, depending on if the club believes in Everth Cabrera. Starting pitching is always in vogue, and the Padres could use a young catcher to platoon with Nick Hundley, or fill out the outfield.

However, a lot of what they deal Bell for may be colored by their expectations for an Adrian Gonzalez package, should that happen. If GM Jed Hoyer is confident that Gonzalez will be traded in July or next offseason and knows he'll be able to get an impact outfielder (such as Jacoby Ellsbury or Ryan Kalish from Boston), that may cause him to look in another direction with Bell.

WHERE HE COULD GO

Bell The White Sox are expected to non-tender Bobby Jenks, so Bell could be a fit in the South Side. Chicago does have internal options in Matt Thornton and Sergio Santos (and perhaps J.J. Putz, who is a free agent but offered arbitration), but Chicago has enough problems on its hand -- decreasing the effectiveness of the bullpen may not make sense, depending how the offseason evolves.

If the Yankees somehow, improbably don't come to an accord with Mariano Rivera, Bell makes a lot of sense although New York would likely go after Rafael Soriano as Plan A in that scenario.

Bell could also be a fit in Seattle, as the team is attempting to stay relevant and integrate its top minor league pieces. David Aardsma is still with the team, but belongs in a setup role regardless.

In the NL, the Braves are a possibility with Billy Wagner retiring. However, the team is strapped for cash with plenty of internal candidates for replacement. Out in the Central, no team seems in a strong position to take on Bell. That leaves the Dodgers and Diamondbacks out west, both of whom could use new closers. L.A. may not be ready to give up on Jonathan Broxton, however.

Arizona, on the other hand, has GM Kevin Towers, who engineered Bell's arrival in San Diego and could be interested in a reunion.

PREDICTION

Bell stays for now, but is traded at the deadline once the market opens up to include more teams.

OTHER PROFILES
Jason Bartlett | Heath Bell | Adrian Beltre | Carl Crawford | Adam Dunn | Prince Fielder | Paul Konerko | Cliff Lee | Victor Martinez (SIGNED) | Dan Uggla (TRADED) | Rafael Soriano | Justin Upton | Jayson Werth

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 2:01 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Marlins shopping Uggla, Maybin

Dan Uggla
The Marlins have wasted no time turning up the burner on their hot stove. On Friday, they moved underachieving lefty Andrew Miller to the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Dustin Richardson. Now there are rumors all over the place about other deals they're looking at.

Second baseman Dan Uggla, entering his final arbitration year, reportedly rejected an offer of four years and $48 million. The Marlins may have decided they're not going to be able to sign him and are better off moving him while they can.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are shopping Uggla and have had contact with the Tigers and two unidentified National League teams. The Marlins are in need of bullpen help and a catcher.

Uggla, 30, is probably going to get about $10 million in arbitration after batting .287/.369/.508 with 33 homers, becoming the first second baseman in history with four consecutive 30-homer seasons.

The question is whether Uggla would sign an extension as part of a trade. Even if he wouldn't, if I'm a contender I might take a chance on one year with him at $10 million. You can still work on a multi-year deal, and even if you don't work it out, you can collect two high draft picks when he leaves as a likely Type A free agent.

Today, Frisaro reported (via Twitter) that Florida is discussing a trade with the Padres involving Cameron Maybin. Not sure what the details are there, but I don't exactly look at the Padres and think, "You know, what this team needs is a .234-hitting outfielder!" OK, so Maybin is young and still has a high upside, but if the Padres are shopping closer Heath Bell (who you'd think would be the Marlins' target), they might be able to do better. Frisaro said the Marlins also have talked with the Royals about Maybin.

UPDATE: Tom Krasovic of Fanhouse is reporting via Twitter that the Padres have acquired Maybin pending a physical. No word yet on who would be going to Florida.

UPDATE: It looks like relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica are the players going to Florida. Both are quality young arms -- Webb had a 2.90 ERA in 54 appearances with 15 games finished last season, while Mujica had a 3.62 in 59 appearances with 24 games finished.

UPDATE: Juan C. Rodriguez, who covers the Marlins for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, says the Marlins will get Mujica and either Webb or Ernesto Frieri.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:00 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 8:27 pm
 

Pads expect Gonzalez to explore free agency

Adrian Gonzalez Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said he expects Adrian Gonzalez to begin 2011 in San Diego, but doesn't foresee an extension before next offseason.

Hoyer told MLB.com's Corey Brock (via Twitter ) that it's a "near-certainty" that Gonzalez wants to explore free agency. The team picked up his $6.2 million option earlier this week.

"My expectation is [Gonzalez] will be a Padre [to begin] in 2011," Hoyer told Brock.

However, Hoyer did say the team would listen to any offers for Gonzalez.

UPDATE: According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times (via Twitter ), Hoyer said the team is open to talks for closer Heath Bell. Hoyer said the team has two potential closers in Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:56 am
 

R.I.P. Padres: Big year ends with collapse

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The San Diego Padres.

Few people expected to see the Padres in the playoffs, and in the end, nobody did.

But San Diego’s postseason hopes were supposed to be buried by about June, not the last weekend of the season with a crushing collapse. The Padres spent most of the season in first place in the National League West behind a tremendous pitching staff, only to find that in the end their lack of offense would do them in.

What they accomplished was impressive considering they had the second-lowest payroll in baseball, but Padres fans will remember 2010 for what might have been.

WHAT WENT WRONG

In a word, September. The Padres entered the month in the clutches of a 10-game losing streak that turned their season the wrong direction, and they couldn’t regroup.

Miguel Tejada San Diego went 14-17 after September 1, batting .229 and failing to score more than a run nine times. Clinging to a half-game division lead on September 25, the Padres lost five of their last eight (three by shutout), capped by a 3-0 loss on the final day of the season that gave the division to the Giants and left them out of the playoff picture.

Adding Ryan Ludwick at the deadline looked like a great move, exactly what they needed to give the offense some punch. But moving to cavernous Petco Park, Ludwick’s batting average dropped 80 points after the trade to .211, and his slugging percentage dropped more than 150 points to a miserable .330.

Injuries didn’t help matters. David Eckstein, Jerry Hairston, Everth Cabrera and Tony Gwynn Jr. missed big chunks of the season, as did pitcher Chris Young.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

The pitching, particularly the lights-out bullpen, was tremendous. The relief corps, led by Mike Adams, Luke Gregorson and Heath Bell, had baseball’s lowest ERA, 2.81, and limited hitters to a .220 average. If the starting pitcher left with a lead, it was all but over for the opposition.

Speaking of starting pitchers, the Padres’s top three – Clayton Richard, Jon Garland and Mat Latos -- each won 14 games. Latos went through a streak of near-invincibility, going a major-league record 15 consecutive starts giving up two or fewer earned runs between June and September.

All-Star Adrian Gonzalez was the offensive highlight, batting .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBI, which not only led the team but was 43 more than the next-highest total. Jerry Hairston was a huge spark off the bench, playing five positions and racking up 50 RBI despite batting a modest .244.

HELP ON THE WAY

With the Padres fighting for a postseason berth, Simon Castro didn’t get a September callup, but the right-handed starter is right at the top of San Diego’s prospects list. He struggled after going up to Triple-A, but the 22-year-old has a bright future.

A bit farther away is 20-year-old outfielder Jaff Decker, a left-hander power hitter who will be moving up fast from Class A.
 
EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The arms are there for another run at the playoffs. The entire bullpen (barring trades) returns, and they have a nice stable of starters. If they can fix their obvious offensive shortcomings, they won’t be catching anyone by surprise next year.

Adrian Gonzalez SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

Owner Jeff Moorad says he won’t allow Gonzalez to be traded before next season, which is a good thing. Even if you could get multiple offensive pieces in return, consider Gonzalez your bird in the hand. There might be no other player in baseball who represents a bigger chunk of his team’s offense, and his $5.5 million option is reasonable.

Young’s $8.5 million option, on the other hand, is not realistic. That would represent nearly a quarter of the team’s payroll, and given his injury history and the team’s other options, they can’t do it. Bell is in his final year of arbitration and will get a raise, and the Padres have to consider trying to lock him up long-term.

Re-sign Eckstein, which shouldn’t cost much. Try to get Hairston back. And look for bargain offensive help that can hit in the gaps.

2011 PREDICTION

You can’t count on the Padres repeating their across-the-board pitching excellence, so it’s going to take more than a token offensive improvement to make them a viable contender. There’s some talent rising up in the division, and it will be tough for the Padres to keep pace with their payroll.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:56 am
 

R.I.P. Padres: Big year ends with collapse

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The San Diego Padres.

Few people expected to see the Padres in the playoffs, and in the end, nobody did.

But San Diego’s postseason hopes were supposed to be buried by about June, not the last weekend of the season with a crushing collapse. The Padres spent most of the season in first place in the National League West behind a tremendous pitching staff, only to find that in the end their lack of offense would do them in.

What they accomplished was impressive considering they had the second-lowest payroll in baseball, but Padres fans will remember 2010 for what might have been.

WHAT WENT WRONG

In a word, September. The Padres entered the month in the clutches of a 10-game losing streak that turned their season the wrong direction, and they couldn’t regroup.

Miguel Tejada San Diego went 14-17 after September 1, batting .229 and failing to score more than a run nine times. Clinging to a half-game division lead on September 25, the Padres lost five of their last eight (three by shutout), capped by a 3-0 loss on the final day of the season that gave the division to the Giants and left them out of the playoff picture.

Adding Ryan Ludwick at the deadline looked like a great move, exactly what they needed to give the offense some punch. But moving to cavernous Petco Park, Ludwick’s batting average dropped 80 points after the trade to .211, and his slugging percentage dropped more than 150 points to a miserable .330.

Injuries didn’t help matters. David Eckstein, Jerry Hairston, Everth Cabrera and Tony Gwynn Jr. missed big chunks of the season, as did pitcher Chris Young.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

The pitching, particularly the lights-out bullpen, was tremendous. The relief corps, led by Mike Adams, Luke Gregorson and Heath Bell, had baseball’s lowest ERA, 2.81, and limited hitters to a .220 average. If the starting pitcher left with a lead, it was all but over for the opposition.

Speaking of starting pitchers, the Padres’s top three – Clayton Richard, Jon Garland and Mat Latos -- each won 14 games. Latos went through a streak of near-invincibility, going a major-league record 15 consecutive starts giving up two or fewer earned runs between June and September.

All-Star Adrian Gonzalez was the offensive highlight, batting .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBI, which not only led the team but was 43 more than the next-highest total. Jerry Hairston was a huge spark off the bench, playing five positions and racking up 50 RBI despite batting a modest .244.

HELP ON THE WAY

With the Padres fighting for a postseason berth, Simon Castro didn’t get a September callup, but the right-handed starter is right at the top of San Diego’s prospects list. He struggled after going up to Triple-A, but the 22-year-old has a bright future.

A bit farther away is 20-year-old outfielder Jaff Decker, a left-hander power hitter who will be moving up fast from Class A.
 
EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The arms are there for another run at the playoffs. The entire bullpen (barring trades) returns, and they have a nice stable of starters. If they can fix their obvious offensive shortcomings, they won’t be catching anyone by surprise next year.

Adrian Gonzalez SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

Owner Jeff Moorad says he won’t allow Gonzalez to be traded before next season, which is a good thing. Even if you could get multiple offensive pieces in return, consider Gonzalez your bird in the hand. There might be no other player in baseball who represents a bigger chunk of his team’s offense, and his $5.5 million option is reasonable.

Young’s $8.5 million option, on the other hand, is not realistic. That would represent nearly a quarter of the team’s payroll, and given his injury history and the team’s other options, they can’t do it. Bell is in his final year of arbitration and will get a raise, and the Padres have to consider trying to lock him up long-term.

Re-sign Eckstein, which shouldn’t cost much. Try to get Hairston back. And look for bargain offensive help that can hit in the gaps.

2011 PREDICTION

You can’t count on the Padres repeating their across-the-board pitching excellence, so it’s going to take more than a token offensive improvement to make them a viable contender. There’s some talent rising up in the division, and it will be tough for the Padres to keep pace with their payroll.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:25 pm
 

Your 2010 AL & NL leaders

OK, it may not have been the most important thing about the Giants' 3-0 victory over the Padres, but Brian Wilson picked up his 48th save of the season, the most in baseball. He, oddly enough, broke a tie with the Padres' Heath Bell.

Wilson's strikeout of Will Venable ended the regular season and here are the rest of your season leaders in the batting and pitching triple crown categories, as well as the save leaders.

• AL batting average: Josh Hamilton .359
• NL batting average: Carlos Gonzalez .336

• AL home runs: Jose Bautista 54
• NL home runs: Albert Pujols 42

• AL RBI: Miguel Cabrera 126
• NL RBI: Albert Pujols 118

• AL wins: CC Sabathia 21
• NL wins: Roy Halladay 21

• AL ERA: Felix Hernandez 2.27
• NL ERA: Josh Johnson 2.30

• AL strikeouts; Jeff Weaver 233
• NL strikeouts: Tim Lincecum 231

• AL saves: Rafael Soriano 45
• NL saves: Brian Wilson 48

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 10:03 am
 

Final Vote coming down to final hours

Kevin Youkilis Oh, the suspense!

In another Yankee-Red Sox battle we're being hit over the head with, Nick Swisher holds "the slimmest of leads" over Kevin Youkilis in the American League Final Vote for the All-Star Game, despite nobody making a convincing case for Swisher other than his uniform, based on the latest results released by MLB.com.

In what can only be a desperate attempt by Major League Baseball's website to generate page views (since all voting takes place on the site), MLB.com has seen fit to release a breathless update to the (unlimited) voting that ends today at 4 p.m.

The winner of the final spots will be announced on MLB Network (yay synergy!) at 6 p.m.

Joey Votto still leads the National League voting (funny what leading the league in homers and OPS will do for you), but, the site warns -- without giving any numbers -- Carlos Gonzalez has passed Billy Wagner for third place in the voting. Ryan Zimmerman is still in second. Heath Bell was removed from the ballot when he was placed on the team as a replacement for Yovani Gallardo.

In the American League, it's all Yankees-Red Sox all the time. The release says it's a "virtual tie" between Youkilis (.292/.409/.574 with 17 home runs, 55 RBI) and Swisher (.298/.376/.518 14 HR, 48 RBI, one appearance on "How I Met Your Mother " --  CBS can play the synergy game too!), but not a real tie, because that would mean they're tied, as opposed to a "virtual tie" which goes back to the ol' tie goes to the Yankee rule.

Paul Konerko is in third place in the AL voting, followed by Michael Young and Delmon Young.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 3:33 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 3:37 pm
 

Youkilis takes lead in 'Final Vote'

Kevin Youkils Apparently we're getting official releases on the All-Star Game Final Vote daily now, and even though it's getting kind of boring, the results are there. And it appears the '75 Series team-up of the Red Sox and Reds is working, as Kevin Youkilis and Joey Votto are the leading vote-getters.

Monday, the teams announced a partnership, asking fans to vote for both players. Youkilis is a Cincinnati native and played at the University of Cincinnati, while Votto has been the cause celebre since Charlie Manuel announced the team.

Both are deserving of the nods, so it's nice to see the fans getting it right again -- although they could still screw it up in the next 48 hours.

Youkilis overtook the Yankees' Nick Swisher in the last 24 hours, while Michael Young, Paul Konerko and Delmon Young trailed. Youkilis is third in the American League in OPS (1.002) and tied for seventh in homers with 17. Konerko is seventh in OPS (.948) and tied for second in home runs with 20.

Votto overtook the National League lead in home runs with two Monday night against the Mets. He now has 21, tied with Toronto's Jose Bautista for the majors' lead. Votto also leads the NL in on-base percentage (.418), slugging (.599) and, naturally, OPS (1.017).

Although vote totals are not released, Votto leads Ryan Zimmerman, Billy Wagner, Carlos Gonzalez and Heath Bell.

At least one of those nominees isn't happy with the attention Votto's gotten for his snub.

"I won't win the final vote," Wagner told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "I'm not a fan favorite. ESPN is running promos for Joey Votto, what's that tell you."

Yep, we all know, that great midwest bias -- every time you turn on the TV, it's Cincinnati, Kansas City and Cleveland (well, it is Cleveland, but it has nothing to do with Shin-Soo Choo).

Wagner has 17 saves and has a 1.35 ERA and a .165 opponents' batting average, as well as the sentimental card, as he's announced he's retiring at the end of this season.

As for the Reds-Red Sox partnership, the Reds will wear "Vote Red" and "Vote Votto-Youkilis" shirts for batting practice Wednesday at Citi Field, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon . The Reds equipment manager, Rick Stowe, has written "Vote Red" and "Vote Votto" on batting practice balls to remind fans to vote, as well. The Toronto Sun has also joined in the efforts, publishing a "Vote for Votto" campaign page for the Toronto native.

In addition to the Reds stumping for Youkilis, John Kerry is campaigning for the Red Sox first baseman, sending out an email asking his supporters to participate in the vote .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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