D’Backs Acquire Heath Bell In Three-Team Deal

The Diamondbacks announced that they have acquired Heath Bell, infielder Cliff Pennington, and cash considerations from the Marlins in a three-team deal with the Athletics.  Miami will receive minor league infielder Yordy Cabrera from the A's and Oakland will get outfielder Chris Young and $500K from Arizona. 

The Marlins will be picking up $8MM of the remaining $21MM owed to Bell over the next two years, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel (via Twitter).  The veteran was unhappy in Miami as the club was unwilling to restore him as closer and found himself clashing with manager Ozzie Guillen at points during the year. 

The 35-year-old struggled in his first and only year with the Marlins, posting a 5.09 ERA with 8.3 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 73 appearances.  The new-look Marlins signed Bell in December of last year as a part of their spending spree, giving the reliever a three-year, $27MM deal.  The contract includes a vesting option for the 2015 season which will guarantee him $9MM with 55 games finished in 2014 or 100 games finished in 2013-14.

Pennington has been a member of the A's since being tabbed with the 21st overall pick in the 2005 draft.  The 28-year-old was slotted at shortstop until the acquisition of Stephen Drew bumped him over to second base.  For his career, Pennington owns a .249/.313/.356 batting line across parts of five seasons in Oakland.

Young, 29, is set to make $8.5MM in 2013 with an $11MM club option for the 2014 season that comes with a modest $1.5MM buyout.  The centerfielder has been unable to regain his All-Star form of 2010 and posted a .231/.311/.434 slash line with 14 homers last season.  Young played in just 101 games last season, due in large part to a shoulder injury he suffered when he slammed into a wall in early April.  The outfielder now reunited with skipper Bob Melvin, who he developed a bond with during his time in Arizona.

While the Marlins' main reward in the deal is being freed from the bulk of the money owed to Bell over the next two years, they also pick up a former second-round pick in Cabrera.  The 22-year-old, who played high school baseball four hours north of Miami in Lakeland, Florida, made the move to Class-A Advanced in 2012.  Cabrera hit .232/.293/.332 with three homers in 60 games last season.

Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic (via Twitter) first reported that Arizona would send $500K to Oakland in the deal.


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255 Comments on "D’Backs Acquire Heath Bell In Three-Team Deal"


ARod's Ring
2 years 10 months ago

WOW! I WASN’T EXPECTING THIS DURING THE WORLD SERIES!

chris_synan1
2 years 10 months ago

haha me either…wtf

2 years 10 months ago

World Series isn’t here yet :3

Darrell
2 years 10 months ago

So much for Heath Bell being traded for A-Rod.

Chiburgh
2 years 10 months ago

Instead of the Marlins making the trade, now the Dbacks can trade for A-Rod.

sfrankland
2 years 10 months ago

Perhaps not. Dbacks expressed interest in A-Rod, and they have just picked up Putz’s option, so they could be hoping to flip Bell to the Yankees for him. It seems unlikely that A-Rod would accept a trade to Arizona, though.

TBRays3
2 years 10 months ago

thats actually not a bad idea i figured something else would happen cause this trade is dumb alone

Mike Bender
2 years 10 months ago

Agreed. As much as he’d be a decent upgrade, we’re banking on him accepting the trade AND the Yanks eating a chunk of the contract.

Pronk19
2 years 10 months ago

That would be an interesting scenario if it did occur

GRINGOMHT
2 years 10 months ago

That’s what I can’t understand is if Bell was unhappy in Miami because the didn’t restore him to closer how will he be happy in Az with the picking up of Putz option? Unless they are going to use him only for trade bait or go with 2 closers like some teams do when the other isn’t available.

coolstorybro222
2 years 10 months ago

Oh they will probably still get A Rod. Yankees probably will ask for Mike Stanton or somthing.

NYPOTENCE
2 years 10 months ago

What???

RedSx799
2 years 10 months ago

Giancarlo Stanton?

JacobyWanKenobi
2 years 10 months ago

Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton is his name. When he first came up, he was called Mike Stanton by a lot of people, which confused me greatly when I had no idea who he was. Probably just a mistake, or maybe he preferred it or whatever. Name mistakes happen all the time, like Kendrys Morales, the s was left off for some time, as well as the pronunciation of names like Neftali and various Asian names that most Americans tend to butcher anyway.

2 years 10 months ago

they dump 8 mil of young’s contract and if they get the Yankees to eat some of A-rod’s contract they could deal for him. I think that A-rod might take a trade to AZ, it is close to LA and the limelight and the National League might help him regain what he lost. I would hate to see the D’Backs dump a lot into an aging player, but it might be the deal that helps them both in the near term.

PWNdroia
2 years 10 months ago

A-Rod’s not that good. It’s not worth the effort at all. D’Backs have a lot better options.

LazerTown
2 years 10 months ago

It’s good. I didn’t want the yankees to trade for bell anyways.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
2 years 10 months ago

Thus begins the semi-annual Marlins firesale?

Marktown
2 years 10 months ago

If it’s a true fire sale, the Rangers can put a pretty nice package together for Stanton. I know that’s a pipe dream, but a guy can dream can’t he?

baseball52
2 years 10 months ago

If there’s anything more than a pipe dream, acquiring Stanton would be it.

LazerTown
2 years 10 months ago

and that would take a large package of prospects.

Hoosierdaddy92
2 years 10 months ago

Ok, well talks start at Jurickson Profar, Mike Olt, and Martin Perez. Jon Daniels hangs up the phone.

JT
2 years 10 months ago

Biannual.

Tim Bliss
2 years 10 months ago

It actually began by trading Hanley to the Dodgers during the season.

crystomint
2 years 10 months ago

More like the Marlins dropping a junk excuse for a closer off at the Salvation Army.

chris_synan1
2 years 10 months ago

A’s get Chris Young

EcurbTheMighty
2 years 10 months ago

Further proof that Miami is mailing it in. Bell and some cash for Young would of worked just fine.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

well im shocked… Don’t think Bell was worth Young, IMO

Snoochies8
2 years 10 months ago

Well they also got Cliff Pennington which gave them a SS who’s under team control for a few years, which helps.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

do you have a link? I don’t see it in the write up

Chiburgh
2 years 10 months ago

Per Twitter: Oakland Athletics
‏@Athletics

#Athletics have acquired OF Chris Young from Arizona in exchange for INF Cliff Pennington and minor league INF Yordy Cabrera.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

thanks everyone

Snoochies8
2 years 10 months ago

check the A’s twitter account

daze
2 years 10 months ago
2 years 10 months ago

A’s look like the obvious winners in this deal. Although unloading Bell is a win in and of itself.

baseball52
2 years 10 months ago

The A’s are trying to monopolize non-star, home run hitters

GeronimoJansen
2 years 10 months ago

Not a bad strategy.

LazerTown
2 years 10 months ago

Great trade for the A’s. Young provides similiar production to BJ Upton, only they got it with a whole lot less money and risk than upton will get on the free agent market. Also they really didn’t give up much. Cliff never worked out, and he is useless now that they have drew.

wade3061
2 years 10 months ago

I wouldn’t call Cliff useless now that they have Drew. He was a far better option at 2B than Weeks. I just prey they fill 2B with someone other than Weeks.

Snoochies8
2 years 10 months ago

weeks still has a TON of upside, especially if he can increase his line drive rate. Grant Green will be in the mix and his bat plays anywhere he’s put in the field. Scott Sizemore will also be in the 2B mix, although I think that Weeks and Green, since they both have a lot more upside, should be the front runners

Iconoclast17
2 years 10 months ago

Upside doesn’t get it done when you’re talking Weeks. Look for Green to be given every chance and Sizemore to grab that 2nd base job. Weeks will either be traded or be at AAA again.

Snoochies8
2 years 10 months ago

Upside got it done for Carter in 2012, and there were lots of people calling for him to be released last offseason, or at least for him not to have a shot at majors….

LazerTown
2 years 10 months ago

Pennington was worse offensively than weeks by alot. Weeks also had a decent year in 2011 and is still young. Is not hard to replace pennington’s .589 ops.

wade3061
2 years 10 months ago

Not that changing positions has a lot to do with offensive performance, but when Pennington took over at 2B, he had a .738 OPS. The bottom line is neither of them are an offensive threat, and Pennington’s defense is better.

melonis_rex
2 years 10 months ago

The sample size was also super small. 26 starts at 2B all season.

wade3061
2 years 10 months ago

I understand. Let me state it a different way. I’d rather have Pennington’s defense than Week’s offense.

Iconoclast17
2 years 10 months ago

I’d rather have pennington’s offense too.

Hoosierdaddy92
2 years 10 months ago

If that were the case, they would have kept Josh Willingham and Nick Swisher.

Ryan
2 years 10 months ago

Isn’t there some sort of gentleman’s agreement against announcing these type of things during the playoffs?

baseball52
2 years 10 months ago

If you’re a playoff team.

Tim Bliss
2 years 10 months ago

Nobody is playing today. It’s perfectly fine to announce a trade on an off day in the postseason.

johnnycomelately9
2 years 10 months ago

There is but these guys aren’t gentlemen.

James Attwood
2 years 10 months ago

Wow. I knew CY was going to be leaving Arizona. But seriously, there’s just no way I would have ever thought he would have been traded so low.

asovermann
2 years 10 months ago

Can the A’s have any more power bats in their OF? haha

coolstorybro222
2 years 10 months ago

the homerun derby is in Oakland next year .

williswinning
2 years 10 months ago

Your link is to wrong Chris Young.

bg7kd
2 years 10 months ago

Its the right link this isnt the pitcher it says outfielder

williswinning
2 years 10 months ago

And the link sends you to the pitcher, not the outfielder, hence wrong link.

bg7kd
2 years 10 months ago

hahaha I can see where they would mess up then

williswinning
2 years 10 months ago

They fixed it now.

Marktown
2 years 10 months ago

Hot Stove already?!?! I love it!

Nick
2 years 10 months ago

A’s get cash, Chris Young (OF) from Diamondbacks.
Diamondbacks get Cliff Pennington (INF) from A’s and Heath Bell (P) from Marlins.
Marlins get Yordy Cabrera (INF) from A’s.

Snoochies8
2 years 10 months ago

At least it wasn’t an overpay, solid defending shortstop and a high risk/high reward high-A shortstop. this must mean they really expect Drew to be back which I don’t mind.

Also now that creates some roster space in the infield for Sizemore, Weeks, and Green.

But an outfielder…that’s what I don’t get..

mstrchef
2 years 10 months ago

So the Marlins get salary relief and a former second round pick with defensive problems and a career minor league OPS of .648, while the DBacks get a reliever who has lost his fastball and the A’s get an OF who was miserable last year after an injury. Did anyone win this trade? Only the Marlins get some certainty, and that’s the oodles of money they no longer have to pay to Bell.

James Attwood
2 years 10 months ago

The A’s seriously won in this trade. Chris Young was hurt for all but about 6 weeks last year. When he is healthy, he’s a 20/20 guy and always a threat for 30/30. He also plays CF defensively as one of the 2 or 3 best in all of Baseball.
The Marlins got huge salary relief.
The D-Backs got hosed. By trading for Bell, the money potentially saved by trading Young is just shifted over to a reliever that they absolutely did NOT need. The possible scenarios involving D-Backs OFers for trade could have netted WAY better than Bell AND brought salary relief.

J
2 years 10 months ago

Not to mention that Bell was angry about not being the closer, and he’s going to a team with JJ Putz, who clearly isn’t leaving the role.

James Attwood
2 years 10 months ago

Putz clearly will remain the closer as evidenced by the D-Backs exercising his $6.5MM option earlier. And Hernandez has a death-grip on the set-up role. This puts Bell as the 7th Inning man at best, something the D-Backs claeraly do not need with the pitching depth they have. Add to that the albatross contract that Bell has, and one is left to wonder how this helps the D-Backs at all.

mstrchef
2 years 10 months ago

I don’t think that Pennington was reported in the original trade details. That makes it a much better deal for Arizona.

Tim Bliss
2 years 10 months ago

The Marlins getting rid of Bell is the only thing that makes sense in this thread.

Seth Guttman
2 years 10 months ago

Not even the World Series yet and we have a major trade…WOW! I think it’s safe to assume with Bell being traded, Ozzie is staying.

coolstorybro222
2 years 10 months ago

if Bobby V is dissmissed after one year, Gullien could be too

johnnycomelately9
2 years 10 months ago

Bringing in Gullien was the Marlins worst off-season move of 2011 and this off-season their worst move will be bringing Gullien back.

Sniderlover
2 years 10 months ago

I’m not understanding why DBacks would take Bell at all…

Tim Bliss
2 years 10 months ago

Yeah. It doesn’t make a lick of sense for them. Don’t understand why the A’s would go get another outfielder when they’re already loaded in the OF. Just a really weird trade both teams.

Pronk19
2 years 10 months ago

Supposedly Cliff Pennington is also going to Arizona in the deal and they needed the SS still doesn’t make much sense

Tim Bliss
2 years 10 months ago

Diamondbacks getting Pennington to play SS is a good move for them. Also he might be a pretty good hitter in that park.

Pronk19
2 years 10 months ago

He’s still a career .249 hitter his defense is nice though

Snoochies8
2 years 10 months ago

He’ll also hit for a little more power in AZ

bg7kd
2 years 10 months ago

He will be better in AZ. I could see him getting .270 and 8 homers with a good defense to go along with it

Ben Brown
2 years 10 months ago

Don’t forget Penny has the speed to swipe 25-35 bags.

melonis_rex
2 years 10 months ago

but he’ll get caught plenty doing so.

James Attwood
2 years 10 months ago

Once again, this feels like KT making a trade simply to make a trade. The D-Backs could have done far, far better on the trade market with their OF surplus.

Tim Bliss
2 years 10 months ago

I completely agree.

johnnycomelately9
2 years 10 months ago

Bell is legit and will pitch above average out of their bullpen. Mark my words. Bell at worst is their 2nd best bullpen option; he isn’t done despite what many think

elscorcho the marlin
2 years 10 months ago

he gave up a ton of saves in a pitchers park. his velocity has diminished for the past couple years. pretty safe to say that he is done, or close to being so.

Andy Forrester
2 years 10 months ago

As a Marlins fan, I’m sure you guys know he put up a 3.10 ERA since July. Or did his awful start cloud that judgement?

Wilsonl
2 years 10 months ago

First impression: A’s win this trade.

James Attwood
2 years 10 months ago

By a LONG SHOT

davbee
2 years 10 months ago

Chris
Young will do great in Oakland because the A’s are smart enough to know
how to use him–.810 OPS last season vs. lefthanded pitching and .859
OPS over the past three seasons vs. lefties. The guy is a platoon
player (besides being an elite defender). Arizona never quite figured
this out.

melonis_rex
2 years 10 months ago

and the A’s have a HUGE weakness against LHP, so that’s definitely good.

Casor_Greener
2 years 10 months ago

I don;’t know about long shot. Crhis Young is no better than CoCo crisp and the A’s won’t repeat the magic next year either. Why take on CY’s salary

LazerTown
2 years 10 months ago

Definetely. Although the trade could work out well for the d’backs. They were considering non-tendering Young anyways, and either Putz or Bell or even both could be flipped to teams that need a closer at the trade deadline.

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

My first impression was how utterly the Diamondbacks LOST this trade. I fail to understand their motivation here.

Snoochies8
2 years 10 months ago

They got a SS, and one who’s under control for a few years, also made room for Parra to start, and they got bolstered their bullpen

LazerTown
2 years 10 months ago

Pennington was terrible offensively this year. Really can’t be good for that team if they can’t find someone better.

Snoochies8
2 years 10 months ago

He’ll be better in the much more hitter friendly AZ stadium

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

^This, basically

LazerTown
2 years 10 months ago

Not necessarily. They can easily swap bell or putz now with another team at the trade deadline, and they got quite a bit of money to make it worthwhile. The trade only is good for them if bell can return to form though.

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

Who wants Heath Bell? There’s a market for Heath Bell? I mean, I guess there is but who ELSE is going to take that on? $13mil seems like a lot of money for a chance that maybe Bell will be better and have trade value, but the warning signs of his decline have been there for years.

bg7kd
2 years 10 months ago

Can someone explain why the A’s got Chris young. He had a solid outfield unless they are not bringing back Gomes which would surprise me. Plus his contract is more than 1/2 the A’s players combined. However I will admit that we did win the trade

Tim Bliss
2 years 10 months ago

I’m trying to understand why the A’s got Young too.

2 years 10 months ago

Thinking the same thing, unless they have another trade in the works involving CC.

Snoochies8
2 years 10 months ago

Buy low deal I guess? Also this must mean Coco’s not in their plans for next year? I have no idea….

bg7kd
2 years 10 months ago

I really hope they keep coco. He might not have the best stats but kept the team together and was the leader

lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

Gomes is a FA. maybe they have talked to him and decided that he wasnt going to come back?

Also, Oak is larger than AZ, i dont know why Beane would think Oak is going to help Young’s numbers

bg7kd
2 years 10 months ago

My point exactly for young and Beane said he had talked to or wanted to bring back Gomes, but we will see

lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

agreed. Maybe Beane didn’t feel comfortable with the OF he has and plans to make further deals? Because he has something like 5 or 6 MLB OF in the organization right now, right?

bg7kd
2 years 10 months ago

Thats what we have a ton of is outfield and starting pitchers. If we were too make another move for a good player expect a pitcher to go next

lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

I still think Beane will be dealing one of the OFs. Pitching is always good to have extra. OFs… you don’t need more than 4

Snoochies8
2 years 10 months ago

He was a 2.9 fWAR player, so he still had good not great stats. I’d guess Gomes isn’t coming back and Smith gets flipped since that frees up the DH spot. With the DH spot being freed, that leaves a good chance for Cespedes, Young, and Reddick to rotate DHing, although I’d rather keep Reddick’s glove/arm in RF at all times

bg7kd
2 years 10 months ago

young with defense will play LF Cespedes CF and Reddick RF. I am glad they got rid of Pennington could we possibly see Grant Green next year

James Attwood
2 years 10 months ago

Young could very easily push Cespedes to LF. Defensively, there MIGHT be 3 better CFs in all of Baseball.

bg7kd
2 years 10 months ago

That is a valid point plus Cespedes bat might do better with him in left field

Snoochies8
2 years 10 months ago

We won’t see Green at shortstop, that’s for sure. Green/Weeks/Sizemore will be in the mix for 2B