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 MLB.com'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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12 Comments on "Padres Avoid Arbitration With Heath Bell"


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5 years 5 months ago

looks like he is staying put for now

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

looks like he is staying put for now

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Guest
5 years 5 months ago

That’s not a bad deal, at all, for San Diego. If I’m not mistaken, Huston Street agreed to a $5.5 million deal with Colorado, last year, to avoid arbitration. And Street had a pretty rough 2008.

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studio179
5 years 5 months ago

I didn’t think the Padres would deal Bell this winter.

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frankdatank
5 years 5 months ago

Why does this signing mean that he isnt going to be dealt? Wouldnt it increase his value as his contract is so reasonable?