Padres Avoid Arbitration With Heath Bell

The Padres have officially avoided arbitration with their closer, agreeing to terms on a $4MM salary with Heath Bell, according to's Corey Brock. It's a substantial raise over the $1.255 salary Bell made last year, but the righty had an All-Star season.

Brock tweets that the Padres don't have plans to offer Bell or Kevin Kouzmanoff multi-year deals. Both players could be trade bait this summer.

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