Padres Not Optimistic About Keeping Heath Bell

The Padres aren't too optimistic about their chances of retaining Heath Bell, tweets Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.  They club has offered a two-year deal to the closer but he can likely get three years for more than $30MM elsewhere, Heyman adds.

Bell will obviously attract a great deal of attention from teams, including the Red Sox who also be in on Ryan Madson following Jonathan Papelbon's signing with the Phillies.  Last week, Bell said in an interview that he’d prefer to sign with the Padres, Angels or Dodgers and would also like to play for the Red Sox or Phillies, though it's probably safe to say that the Phillies are no longer a possibility for Bell.


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50 Comments on "Padres Not Optimistic About Keeping Heath Bell"


Guest
3 years 7 months ago

No surprise there…guess 2 picks are coming to SD…wonder who will close games here

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

If the changes to the draft happen SD would only get a sandwich pick

Member
3 years 7 months ago

I won’t like this new rule. Then if the Cards lose Albert all we get is a freakin supplemental rounder.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I am a Mets fan so i feel the same way you do but i am hearing it’s going to happen.In the long run i think it is good for the sport.Baseball is the only sport in which a player can get drafted after the first round and get first round money because they tells thems they are unsignable.That stuff has to end

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Joshua Edwards
3 years 7 months ago

The players and (a majority of) owners are for eliminating draft pick compensation: it makes signing free agents easier.

Giving up draft picks is only good for a specific team in a specific context–the home team losing a good player.

But often the player (and perhaps 31 other teams) would like a shot at a new contract without the home team throwing up a road block. 

So it’s hard to find support for keeping draft pick compensation unless you’re a small market team: they’re the biggest losers.

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3 years 7 months ago

It’s more likely that we’ll pick out a different veteran closer, but if we had to pick someone out from our system, I’d like to see Ernesto Frieri or Josh Spence out there in the 9th.

Not domineering stuff, but consistent enough to probably notch 75% saves rate. 
If we’re looking for vets, I bet we’re getting Broxton.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

lol

Member
3 years 7 months ago

What ever happened to Bell accepting arbitration?

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Arbitration has yet to be offered by the Padres.  Guess why?

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johnnycomelately9
3 years 7 months ago

No I think the deadline for accepting hasn’t passed.

Brynes said on day 1, they would offer arbs and be happy if he signs.

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3 years 7 months ago

Offers are due by November 23.   Have to be accepted by December 7th.   Any day now, the terms of the new CBA, which are expected to change the compensation formula, will be announced.  Might apply for this year, or might not take effect until 2013.  
Uncertainty rules the day.  It’ll all be sorted out soon.   But I’m sure that if the Padres offer arby and some other club steps up with a three year deal, he’ll walk.

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Karkat
3 years 7 months ago

The Red Sox have been in love with Bell for way too long, so I can’t help but see them overpaying in the wake of Papelbon’s departure (and I’m sure Bell and his agent know that). Not sure he’d necessarily make the move from PETCO to Fenway very easily though. Hrm…

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Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

his road splits are honestly not that far off his home splits.

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azdsnd
3 years 7 months ago

And after seeing his K/9 drop by nearly four strikeouts in 2011, neither are particularly good.

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Karkat
3 years 7 months ago

The fact that his home runs also went up, pitching primarily in SD, also concerns me.

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Karkat
3 years 7 months ago

Be that as it may, the change of pitching for the Padres in PETCO in the NL West is VERY different than pitching for the Red Sox in Fenway in the AL East. I would be nervous if the Sox end up committing a lot to him, although we need another ninth inning option aside from Daniel Bard, so who knows.

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johnnycomelately9
3 years 7 months ago

Pitching in high pressure situations (Fenway) channels the energy of guys like Heath Bell a lot better than a Monday night to 15,000 at Petco.

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Chris Whitby
3 years 7 months ago

I’d be more worried about the move from the feeble NL West to the AL East

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Karkat
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah, the whole package is really not something I’m optimistic about.

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commenter3346
3 years 7 months ago

I hope they stay far away from him.

Seriously, no need for Eric Gagne 2.0. They already have Jenks.

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Karkat
3 years 7 months ago

Aww rats, I had forgotten about Eric Gagne for a wonderful, peaceful second.

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johnnycomelately9
3 years 7 months ago

I think the Sox are going to go with Bard.

For years they have pumped him up as the future closer.  Get a couple of extra arms to help him in the pen, and go with the cost effective kid that the franchise believes in.

Red Sox should spend their money on SP on Beltran.

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Harry
3 years 7 months ago

The Padres aren’t even contenders anyway. Let Bell go and take some time to rebuild

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johnnycomelately9
3 years 7 months ago

their 1 year away.  Wake up!