Giants Claim Bell On Waivers; No Deal Reached

FRIDAY: Bell is staying put, according to Jon Heyman of (on Twitter).

WEDNESDAY: The Giants have been awarded the waiver claim on Padres closer Heath Bell, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.  Olney expects the Giants' level of concern with closer Brian Wilson's elbow to be a factor in the ensuing trade talks.  If the teams cannot reach an agreement, the Padres can pull Bell back, but then won't be able to trade him elsewhere.  A trade is unlikely, hears Dan Hayes of the North County Times

Though Bell projects as a Type A free agent, National League non-contenders elected not to claim the righty with an eye on draft pick compensation.  With the Padres at least, Bell has said he'd accept an arbitration offer.

Bell, 33, has a 2.55 ERA, 6.8 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 0.34 HR/9, and 43.2% groundball rate on the season.  He has $1.44MM remaining on his contract.

The two division rivals last struck a deal in July of 2003, when the Giants traded Clay Hensley and cash to the Padres for Matt Herges.  Before that, they hadn't made a deal since '92.

131 Responses to Giants Claim Bell On Waivers; No Deal Reached Leave a Reply

  1. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain for Heath Bell.

    • marinest21 4 years ago

      Psh, not even close. Posey better be in there as well.

      • If we’re throwing in Posey we have to have APTBNL in return.

      • You couldn’t trade the entire Padres roster for those three.

        • padresfuture 4 years ago

          Ummm…. Blanks, Headley, and Maybin would all be upgrades for SF in my opinion. Latos and Luebke are no scrubs. Lets not go on pretending like the Padres don’t have an excellent¬†young foundation to build on.

          • JacksTigers 4 years ago

            You would know. You are the Padres future.

        • Ohhhplease 4 years ago

          Really really tough when you don’t get the most obvious of sarcasm……

  2. Boy, this is really gonna help the Giants non-existent offense.

  3. Coollet 4 years ago

    Stpuid Giantss, i hatess them

    edit: there was suppose to be a pic of Gollum from LOTR but it didnt show

  4. I’m not even a Giant fan, in fact, I prefer seeing the great story of D’Backs make the postseason but to see Bell set up for Wilson, that’s just something I have to see.¬†

    • guydavis 4 years ago

      Isn’t Wilson on the DL? Maybe the injury’s worse than it seemed?

  5. padreshobo 4 years ago

    I wish it was someone outside of our division, but I don’t really want the Padres to get stuck with paying Bell whatever he will get awarded in Arbitration next year. What are the odds that SF and SD could actually reach a deal?

    • giantsfan4life 4 years ago

      If SF is serious about acquiring him and not simply putting in the claim to block the D’backs or Phillies then it’s possible but would take a decent prospect or 2.

      • padresfuture 4 years ago

        You hit it… the proverbial nail. SF has no intentions of making a “serious” offer to the Padres. Very low risk move by the Giants… they either get Bell for almost nothing(I don’t believe the Padres would be dumb enough to dump him for nothing) or they block other contenders.

  6. itlynstalyn 4 years ago

    No trade will ever happen, it was just a block.

    • jhawk1000 4 years ago

      Yeah look at what happened the last time SF blocked a team by claiming a pitcher- they got stuck with what’s his name back in the 90s. Really bad contract, even worse pitcher. They were blocking ATL at the time.

      • Then again, the Giants claimed Cody Ross last year as a block and look what happened with him…

      • Beersy 4 years ago

        I believe you are talkng about Randy Myers and it was the Padres who blocked Atlanta.  But the bad contract and even worse pitcher part was right.  :)

      • padresfuture 4 years ago

        Bell is in final year of contract, no chance the Padres simply allow the Giants to take him.

        • Joe Momma 4 years ago

          Unless the padres are planning on Bell taking up 1/5 of their payroll next year it’s better to get something rather than nothing

  7. NWDC 4 years ago

    How the hell do all these guys either clear waivers or make it all the way to the Giants?¬† First Delmon Young — nobody wanted a 25 year OF that finished 10th in the AL MVP vote last year?¬† For $2 million annually?¬† Are you kidding?¬† Heath Bell, All-Star closer for pocket change (about $1.5 million for the rest of the year).¬† Why doesn’t a team like the Nats or Mets claim him just to screw with the Padres or re-waiver him to another team?¬† Seems like a lot of collusion here.¬† Plus wouldn’t the Nats/Mets get draft picks if Bell left in free agency next year?¬† $1.5 million for a top tier closer for 1 month, chance to trade him or pick up some draft picks.¬† Seems like a no brainer.

  8. Matt Smith 4 years ago

    This was done to block the Phillies from placing a claim. I’m convinced there is absolutely no other reason but to screw the Phils.

    • NWDC 4 years ago

      So why didn’t the Nats and Mets make a claim?¬† Not worth their time to file the paper?¬† I don’t get it.¬† Nothing to lose by filing a claim, lots to gain if you can work out a good trade or just let SD dump him.¬†

      • TheFreak2011 4 years ago

        Because they’d have to give up their number one draft pick next year as part of the compensation for him.¬† They’re both building through the draft.

        • NWDC 4 years ago

          No they wouldn’t — you only have to give up draft pick if you sign as a FA and also you have to be a top half team, neither is right now.¬† No draft picks lost.

    • padresfuture 4 years ago

      Are you by chance a Phils fan?

  9. Hey, in the post season you gotta have what everyone else has…NL Setup/Closers

    Brewers; K-Rod/Axford
    Braves; Venters/Kimbrel
    Phils; Lidge/Madson
    Giants: Bell/Wilson

    • proof2006 4 years ago

      Except Lidge is not the setup man or closer..

    • itlynstalyn 4 years ago

      Yeah except Giants have a R/L split at setup already in Romo and Lopez who are absolutely ridiculous.

      • rainyperez 4 years ago

        Bell would be also considered a RH specialist just look at his splits. 

        So that means Bell pitches the 7th, Romo/Lopez for the 8th, and Wilson closes it out lol. Plain ridiculous.

        • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

          then maybe you can get that mariano rivera guy for the 6th. RIDICULOUS!!

    • Dan Wohl 4 years ago

      Don’t forget the Giants already have Romo in the setup position who has been ridiculously good this year. 53/4 K/BB.

    • rainyperez 4 years ago

      Except having Lopez, Romo, Bell, and Wilson patrolling your backend of the bullpen that=best bullpen in baseball. 

      Of course Atlanta’s no slouch but those 4 up there have the experience.¬†

      If Giants SPs get at least 6 innings maybe 7 its an automatic win for them. Think how psychologically that would affect other teams in the playoffs.

  10. marinest21 4 years ago

    If Bell goes to the Giants I will throw up.

    • Ohhhplease 4 years ago

      As a Pads fan, I understand, but I would rather see him go to the Giants now, than accept arbitration this offseason and collect 20% of the Pads salary….would be nice if they could convince him to not accept arb and let him pick where he wants to go in FA (LA, Anaheim) than hold them hostage with an arb acceptance.

      • TheFreak2011 4 years ago

        Good comment, and that’s why I think the Padres will deal him to the Giants.¬† Pitching is what it’s all about in the playoffs.

      • cjmsd 4 years ago

        The Padres could release him if he was to accept arbitration. 

        • They would still have to pay him regardless.

          • cjmsd 4 years ago

            If a player accepts arbitration, the team can then release the player prior to the season and only have to pay him a small amount of his contract. It would be a waste of money but they could still get out of the contract were they not able to trade him. 

        • padresfuture 4 years ago

          They would not need to release him. Even if he gets a ridiculous $12m in Arb, it would only be 1 year and thus leaves him tradeable still. They may not get as much in return in that situation, but would be better than just releasing him. Plus the threat of trading him to Toronto or some other place he doesnt want to go could disuade him from accepting ARB.

      • marinest21 4 years ago

        Good points, however let me play Devil’s Advocate for a minute. Say we trade him to the Giants, who offer him arb. at the end of year and he rejects, giving SF two draft picks. I cannot understand how the Padres think they can win by doing that.

        2 mos. of Bell plus the Giants getting a 1st and supplemental round draft picks OR having SF resign Bell and put him in the back of the bullpen w/Wilson for the next 3 is just too much.

        • If Bell signed with the Padres in free agency that 1st round pick would be protected.

        • padresfuture 4 years ago

          This is why a deal wont happen without the Giants giving up at least 1 good prospect.

    • padresfuture 4 years ago

      Not gonna happen unless the Giants pony up!

  11. Hey Giants You Need Offense!

    • TheFreak2011 4 years ago

      As they proved last year, it’s not as important as pitching in the playoffs.

      • guydavis 4 years ago

        They didn’t prove anything in one postseason. Far too small a sample size to say what’s more important.

        • JacksTigers 4 years ago

          Yeah. You could say that if they got eliminated in game 7 of the NLCS. But they won the World Series. They have nothing else to prove.

          • guydavis 4 years ago

            I don’t think you understand what I’m saying. Yes they proved themselves and whatever, but one winning postseason doesn’t mean that pitching wins postseasons. It’s too small a sample size. I don’t like that people jump to that conclusion just because the Giants managed to do it that way.

  12. TheFreak2011 4 years ago

    I think it’s a block move on the D’Backs, but if the Giants get in to the playoffs, not a lock for sure, they’re going to be trouble for anyone with that pitching staff, provided they make a deal for Bell.

    SP-Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner and Vogelsong
    RP-Mota, Ramirez, Affelt, Casilla, Lopez, Romo, Bell
    Closer-Wilson or Bell

    They’d match up with the Phillies and Braves in a short series since good pitching will usually stop good hitters in the short term.

    But, they have to get there first.

  13. Not exactly a shocker with Wilson down, and KT’s (Az.) interest in Bell in the division. Still unlikely. Unless they want to unload Bells contract in stern. We’ll know soon. Giants wouldn’t have to give up that much. Probably less that what’s being reported, in matching two comp picks if the Padres are seriously concerned about Bell accepting arbitration. He’s (Bell) said he would, I’m not so sure.

    • padresfuture 4 years ago

      What contract? $1m? If his remaining salary was their concern, he would have been traded at the deadline.

  14. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 4 years ago

    Giants are just mad the Padres are going to sweep them and could possibly do some major damage with 18 games left vs. the Giants and AZ. Go Pads! 

  15. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 4 years ago

    Kyle Blanks going yard off the Ambulance was pretty sweet too! Take that Matt Cain

    • sf55forlife 4 years ago

      Jonathan Sanchez’s triple.¬†

      That is all.

      • jwp619 4 years ago

        Jonathan Sanchez’s guarantee sweep over the Padres in 2010… Opps!
        Jonathan Sanchez losing a 1 hitter to the Padres… THAT IS ALL!!!

        • sf55forlife 4 years ago

          If that gives you satisfaction then bless your soul.

          • jwp619 4 years ago

            What gives me satisfaction is Barry Zito’s contract.

          • And yet they still won the division last year over the padres and the world series. ¬†THAT IS ALL!!!

        • candlestick22 4 years ago

          Actually that’s not all: Jonathan Sanchez beating the Pads (including hitting a triple) and clinching the NL West last day of the season, and Jonathan Sanchez no-hitting the Pads. I think I’ll take those 2 preeeeeetty much any day of the week.

        • vatocuz619 4 years ago

          Obviously the point is dude hits a homerun 2 days ago, giants fans brings up Sanchez’s triple from last year. Whats the point. If that’s the case, Yanks beat giants in the ’62 world series… suck it SF

  16. Ohhhplease 4 years ago

    Ok Giants fans, what would you realistically give for Bell?¬† Please don’t tell me that your backup catcher for the Flying Squirells is a future hall of famer…

    • Alex (not Pav) 4 years ago

      Depends on how badly Romo and Wilson are hurt. Romo should be back within a week or so but Wilson is the key. If he’s hurt worse than anyone is letting on, I can see Surkamp + a fielding prospect for Bell and maybe some cash? I know the Giants were adamant about not really dumping anymore bats but for Bell I would. Especially since the Giants could seemingly offer him Arbitration and see him decline and get tons more money in the free market (if he’s a FA, wasn’t sure) and get draft picks in return.

      • ramjamrock 4 years ago

        There is absolutely zero chance of them trading Surkamp. He was the reason they felt they were able to send Wheeler to the Mets. Now with Zito and Sanchez hurt (it was reported that Sanchez will not make his next start, either), there is a possibility they could bring up Surkamp to take the 5th spot in the rotation this week.

        They won’t trade Brown, and they couldn’t trade Panik if they wanted to (draft/trade rules)

        I think if they were willing to trade anyone, it would be from the 40-man roster, and would be from a the pool of: Waldis Joaquin, Clayton Tanner, Conor Gillaspie, or Darren Ford.

        I’m not saying a combination of the above is a fair price, just what I believe the Giants FO would be willing to part with from the 40-man. There may be other minor leaguers they’d be willing to trade, but no one who would make a large impact at the Major League level.

  17. keepinthefaith23 4 years ago

    I guess the Giants don’t like losing to the Padres and would hate to have the Padres get something in return for Bell.¬† Also, forcing the Padres to offer arbitration to Bell (which he will accept) and locking up 20% of the Padres expected salary for next year (50MM).¬† I hate you, Sabean.

    • ramjamrock 4 years ago

      It has nothing to do with hurting the Padres. It has everything to do with blocking the Diamondbacks.

      Sure, hate Sabean for your player holding your team hostage with the arbitration. That’s logical.

  18. dc21892 4 years ago

    Nice. Curious to see how this one plays out.

  19. Bye Bye Baby Bonanza 4 years ago

    Nice.¬† Hopefully they get a deal done.¬† If not it’s a good block to prevent their competitors from getting better.

  20. intrigued by the Bell situation. Make something happen Hoyer!

  21. if Wilson is out for the season, the Giants has to over pay. go Padres.

    • marinest21 4 years ago

      Even if Wilson was healthy, the Giants would have to overpay to get Bell. No way Hoyer gives our most popular (and arguably best) player to our biggest rival aside of the Doyers.

      • padresfuture 4 years ago

        I can’t tell if “Doyer” is a typo or your pet name for them.

        • marinest21 4 years ago

          Haha, it’s a pet name. I went to school up in LA, and that’s what everyone calls them up there.

  22. bayareabeast 4 years ago

    if we get bell i would 100% rather see him in the 9th than wilson…wilson is a good maybe great pitcher but i cant stand the interesting 9th innings anymore. he needs to go to the yanks already im over the beard

    • Drewbs 4 years ago

      You need to return your fanhood from the place you got it, how dare you.

      • bayareabeast 4 years ago

        ur obviously caught up in his show, wilson has great stuff but if ur a real giants fan you would be tired of him loading the bases every 9th inning, its unnecessary cant deny that. not gunna lie the dude is hilarious though, but baseball isnt a comedy act

  23. padreshobo 4 years ago

    Padres fans went bat poopy when we traded Kouz. If a fan favorite like Bell was traded to SF I imagine the UT comment section would implode into a black hole of e-rage.

    I say make the trade, it will be entertaining to watch at the least.

  24. obvious this was just to block the Dbacks. 

  25. Beersy 4 years ago

    Heres a scenario that I wouldn’t¬†mind¬†seeing being a Padre fan.¬† Deal Bell to the Giants for Ehire Adrianza, a smooth fielding short stop, would be best SS in the system immediately.¬† Seeing as the Giants probably wouldn’t want to risk Bell accepting arb and paying a setup man 10+ million next season, the Padres could resign him¬†next winter seeing as he wants to stay there so badly.¬†¬†Kind of what the Jays are doing with John McDonald, but on a much larger scale.¬†

    • Drewbs 4 years ago

      The Giants will sell-out every home game this year and if they make it to the post season that means more money. Their payroll will continue to rise, I wouldnt be so sure the Giants would fail to offer arbitration if they got Bell.

      • Beersy 4 years ago

        No matter how high the Giants payroll is, I don’t think they want to pay the back end of their bullpen a total close to 20 million.¬† Until the Yankees shelled out that huge deal to Soriano, I didn’t think any team would put that much¬†money out there for a setup guy.¬† I believe the opening day payroll of the Giants was up to around 100 million, would you really expect them to spend 20% of that on to relief pitchers?¬†

    • padresfuture 4 years ago

      Adrianza and Surkamp.

      • Wilsonl 4 years ago


        • Beersy 4 years ago

          As a Padre fan, I wish you the Giants GM. That’s probably more than they were offered at the deadline.¬† :)

  26. angrysmurf 4 years ago

    Good deal by Sabean. Either he gets another good arm- important especially with Wilson’s elbow- or he blocks a team like PHI or ARI that would’ve really loved to get Bell.

  27. sf55forlife 4 years ago

    100% block

    Jed Hoyer is probably calling Brian Sabean nonstop while Sabean let’s all the calls go straight to voice mail.

  28. jwp619 4 years ago

    Jonathan Sanchez’s guarantee sweep over the Padres in 2010… Opps!
    Jonathan Sanchez losing a 1 hitter to the Padres… THAT IS ALL!!!

    • bayareabeast 4 years ago

      orrr no hitting the padres? somehow you left that out…oppppppppps!

    • JoeyDAndre 4 years ago


  29. bryan hamblen 4 years ago

    Game 162 2010…. THAT IS ALL!!!

    • jwp619 4 years ago

      Touche my good man, not sure how my previous post got down here… all well.¬†

  30. maybe acquiring bell would help wake up the giants offense.

  31. jctrock 4 years ago

    I will be quite shocked if the trade does go through. Brian Wilson will be back after the injury.

  32. Redbirds16 4 years ago

    If it isn’t clear by their recent play, the Cardinals have now officially folded. Congrats to the Brewers, 2011 NLC champs.

  33. MikeyBaseball 4 years ago

    The Padres would trade Heath Bell to the Giants strait up for Zach Wheeler!

  34. Rofukb0 4 years ago

    Ramon Hernandez a gigant???

  35. Phil Trout 4 years ago

    As a long time Giants fan, I’m not thrilled at this trade idea right now because we don’t need more bullpen, we need more bats. Schierholtz now has a fractured food and was getting cold, Panda is one ligament stretch away from the DL with having to carry a team that is batting under <.250 without him, Beltran is hit/miss along with Ross, Huff just looks like the proverbial 'I got mine's so IDGAF' player, and our starters are pulling their hair out over giving up 1 or maybe 2 runs, because they know they have practically 0 run support. Did u see Vogelsong sweating and cursing himself on the mound last night barely into the 1st? Everybody knows Baseball is all about your mental zone, and if our pitching is that strung out there's no way we can make it again this year. You add Bell to the lineup, great, WTF games are we going to be able to use him to close/setup? We can't even put up 3 runs/game consistently over any series since the break. Unless Bell magically decides to become a pinch hitter and hits .400(?) a good move for SF this is not.

    • John DiRienzo 4 years ago

      perhaps i’m a novice, but does food fracture when it gets cold?

      i better go empty out my fridge.

  36. mets1983 4 years ago

    Everytime I see his name it still breaks my heart knowing he was in my organization from the time he was drafted and the JIm Duquette/Omar Minaya never seen his true talent which is obvious because they never used him more then a longman in the bullpen and we practilly traded him for a bag of balls and a pack of big chew.

  37. TheFreak2011 4 years ago

    2010 dies hard, doesn’t it?¬† You guys think you’re so entitled.

  38. giantsfan4life 4 years ago

    Hey look another butthurt Phillies fan who probably believes his team should simply be handed the World Series trophy just because their the Phillies.

  39. Wilson sprained his payness trying to get into another goofy spandex penguin outfit.

  40. PadresFan95 4 years ago

    Ya all Phillies fans are stupid. The media loves them because they’re from the east coast but there fan base is just a bunch of drunk trash talkers.

  41. angrysmurf 4 years ago

    Lol I read this comment aloud in my dorm to huge laughs, thanks man

  42. Grab some pine, meat. 4 years ago

    Not true. I’m a giants fan and I know some legit Phans, Mw is just mad.

  43. HummBaby 4 years ago

    Most Phillies fans are upset because their ‘reign” is coming to an end. Everyone is getting older and their production will drop. It’s inevitable, and a matter of time. It’s time for the Braves to win that division for another 10 years straight Phillies fans, now that was classic.

  44. angrysmurf 4 years ago

    Thank you SanFran fan for that comment

  45. jwp619 4 years ago

    Really?!? Fans of the team that leads the MLB in wins are upset? The Phillies reign is coming to an end? Whatever SanFran fan.

  46. vatocuz619 4 years ago

    Phillies have the longest current playoff appearance streak. Is San Fran even going to make the playoffs this year?

  47. Drewbs 4 years ago

    lol thanks man, always happy to put a smile on someone’s face. Seriously tho, that guy just went full retard on the boards like it was the thing to do, his comments made no sense. I know plenty of Philly fans and they’re not all bad, but there are idiots in every group… we just happened to have been graced with the presence of some front-running turd who probably lives in California and just started watching baseball this year.

    And on a side note… I was at the game where Ramirez hit Victorino, it was the lone highlight in an otherwise very rough night for SF fans. I thoroughly enjoyed it, AND everyone had to know it was coming when Rollins stole second(I know I did).

  48. Drewbs 4 years ago

    That’s a big no on Gary Brown, he’s going nowhere.

  49. Panik can’t be traded, as he was drafted less than a year ago.

  50. corey23 4 years ago

    the phil’s are getting old… the giants offense sure isnt. ¬†i mean they have rowand, torres, tejada, cabrera, huff, beltran, burrell, surely i’m forgetting someone else too

  51. candlestick22 4 years ago

    Yes, you are — posey, sandoval, belt

  52. HummBaby 4 years ago

    I like how he left out the 3 key components of our offense going into the future. I can’t name an Atheletic besides Kurt Suzuki, and he gets a pass because he shares a name with an automobile….free advertising right there.

  53. Ba-ZING!

  54. corey23 4 years ago

    weeks, choice, taylor, green, cahill, anderson, gonzales, bailey…. dont try and act like you guys aren’t pissed off because of the old guys you constantly are signing.¬† I have a ton of friends who are giants fans, and they all hate it.¬† so you have 3 young players on offense, thats cool… you know what i’m saying so don’t pretend like its not sf senior center on offense in sf.

  55. candlestick22 4 years ago

    Wait, so now you’re bringing pitching into the argument??? Ummmm, I don’t know…Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner, Vogelsong, Romo, Surkamp, etc….please…I will take¬†our¬†3 young position¬†players, plus Gary Brown in the minors, plus our rotation and bullpen over anything Oakland has going. Defending champs and at least we’re still in¬†a race.

    Meanwhile, it’s get ’em next year time again in tarp-ville.

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