Josh Bell

#19 1B / Washington Nationals / EXP: 4YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 240 lb Age: 28 College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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      Nationals' Josh Bell: One of nine Nats on COVID-19 IL

      The Washington Nationals placed Josh Bell on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.Bell is one of nine Nationals players on the 40-man roster who will begin the campaign on the IL as a result of the team's recent COVID-19 outbreak. Prior reports have suggested that only four of the players in question tested positive for the virus, but it's uncertain whether Bell is one of the infected players or merely a close contact. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, players who tested positive will be eligible to return after 10 days in quarantine, while those ruled out through contact tracing can return after a week. With Bell on the shelf for at least the next 7-to-10 days, Ryan Zimmerman is projected to serve as the Nationals' primary option at first base.

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      Nationals' Josh Bell: Not seen on field Monday

      Josh Bell was not on the field for the Washington Nationals' workout Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.Eleven players in total are reported to be in quarantine for the Nats due to positive COVID-19 tests or being designated a close contact, and Bell's absence from the workout suggests he's probably in one of those groups. If he's one of the latter, he could still be cleared to play in time for Tuesday's game against Atlanta, but assuming Bell isn't in the lineup, Ryan Zimmerman would get the nod at first base against southpaw Drew Smyly.

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      Nationals' Josh Bell: Power surge continues

      Josh Bell went 1-for-3 with a home run and a strikeout in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.The switch hitting slugger took Jake Odorizzi deep as part of a five-run first inning for the Nats. Bell has been locked in at the plate and is now hitting .385 (15-for-39) with five doubles and a team-leading five homers this spring. If he can carry that momentum forward into the regular season, a repeat of his massive 2019 first half could be in the cards.

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      Nationals' Josh Bell: Heating up to close spring

      Josh Bell is slashing .367/.457/.900 through 30 Grapefruit League at-bats with a team-high four home runs and a 5:7 BB:K.He's also added four doubles, and he's catching fire as Opening Day approaches, going yard in each of his last three games. Bell had a disappointing final year in Pittsburgh, but if he can return to his 2019 form in his first campaign with Washington, he could take a run at the 116 RBI he recorded that season with Trea Turner (career .353 OBP) and Juan Soto (career .415 OBP) ahead of him in the batting order.

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      Nationals' Josh Bell: Having solid spring

      Josh Bell has gone 6-for-21 (.286) with three doubles and a home run over his first nine Grapefruit League appearances this spring.The former Pirate has also flashed solid plate discipline with a 4:7 BB:K. Bell is coming off a disappointing 2020, but the Nats have the switch hitter set to hit in the heart of the order as their starting first baseman in hopes that he'll be able to rediscover the form that led him to 37 homers, 116 RBI and a .936 OPS in 2019.

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      Nationals' Josh Bell: Avoids arbitration with Nats

      Josh Bell signed a one-year, $6.35 million deal with the Washington Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.The 28-year-old was acquired by Washington from Pittsburgh on Christmas Eve and will avoid arbitration with his new team. Bell struggled in 2020 with a .669 OPS and career-worst 26.5 percent strikeout rate, but he should have every chance to rebound as the clear starter at first base.

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      Nationals' Josh Bell: Sent to Nationals

      Josh Bell was traded from the Pirates to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Eddy Yean and Wil Crowe on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.If the Nationals are getting the 2019 version, Bell will be a big addition, as he hit a career-high 37 homers while slashing .277/.367/.569. His numbers cratered across the board in 2020's shortened campaign, however, as he hit just eight homers in 57 games and posted a .226/.305/.364 slash line. His strikeout rate soared from 19.2 percent to 26.5 percent while his walk rate fell to a career-low 9.9 percent. That makes the first baseman a rather risky fantasy option heading into the 2021 season, but he still has plenty of upside, especially as he's now left one of the league's toughest parks and worst lineups behind.

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      Pirates' Josh Bell: Smacks eighth homer

      Josh Bell went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 7-0 win over the Cubs on Thursday.Batting right-handed, Bell took Kyle Ryan deep to extend the Pirates' lead to 6-0 in the fifth inning. It marked the slugger's eighth long ball and brought him to 21 RBI on the campaign.

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      Pirates' Josh Bell: Day off Wednesday

      Josh Bell is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.Bell sits after going 0-for-19 with nine strikeouts in his last seven games, dragging his season slash line down to .221/.296/.354. Colin Moran starts at first base Wednesday, with Jose Osuna serving as the designated hitter.

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      Pirates' Josh Bell: Not starting Game 1

      Josh Bell is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.Bell started the past 14 games and has a 1.024 OPS during that stretch, but he'll take a seat for Friday's matinee. Jose Osuna receives the start at first base in Game 1.