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Name  Heath Bell
Born  9/29/1977
Height  6-3
Weight  260
Number  21
Position  RP
Bats  R
Throws  R
6/13/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have agreed to a minor league deal with former Padres and Marlins closer Heath Bell. SOURCE: Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News
Insight: Bell recently opted out of his contract with Baltimore. He'll start off with Triple-A Scranton but could make his way to the majors later this season. The 36-year-old is not a fantasy option.
6/8/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Heath Bell has opted out of his minor league deal with Baltimore. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: Bell went 2-0 with one save and a 4.22 ERA in ten appearances for Triple-A Norfolk. He's played for four different organizations since leaving the Padres after the 2011 season.
Cold5/4/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay reliever Heath Bell has been designated for assignment.
Insight: Bell had no chance to close this season and even in middle relief he hasn't been impressive (7.27 ERA across 17 1/3 innings). Fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere.
12/3/2013 9:29:00 PM
Description: The D'Backs traded righthander Heath Bell to the Rays on Monday. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: With Fernando Rodney likely to leave in free agency, Bell should take over the closer's role for Tampa Bay. It's always an adventure with Bell but the good news is, he should have plenty of opportunities for saves. He's worth thinking about in the later rounds of this year's fantasy draft.
Cold6/26/2013 8:05:00 PM
Description: Arizona closer Heath Bell said he has worked out a mechanical issue that has caused him to allow seven runs in four innings over his last five outings, according to "I fixed it last Sunday," Bell said. "It was really something very simple. It's one of those things sometimes a coach sees you do something that you don't feel yourself doing or see yourself doing. Then you correct it. And as soon as you do, it's like, 'Why wasn't I doing this before?'"
Insight: Bell has saved 13 games in 16 chances but has a 5.02 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He has allowed 37 hits and walked 10 in 28 2/3 innings this season and likely will relinquish the closer role to J.J. Putz when Putz comes off the DL this week.
Cold6/23/2013 11:29:00 AM
Description: Heath Bell has been a disaster over his last five outings. Over that span, the Arizona closer has watched his ERA rise from 3.28 all the way to 5.02.
Insight: He's given up a home run in five straight appearances. Miraculously, he's only blown one save during that stretch. Either way, fantasy owners should avoid Bell until he can start keeping the ball in the park.
5/16/2013 9:21:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks closer Heath Bell has saved five of six chances since J.J. Putz went down with an injury.
Insight: Bell had a slip-up on May 12 against the Phillies when he allowed two runs on four hits to blow a lead, but otherwise he hasn't allowed a run in his other five save opportunities since May 7. The right-hander is starting to gain back the trust of fantasy owners after his disastrous season with the Marlins in 2012.
5/12/2013 9:42:00 PM
Description: D'Backs closer Heath Bell blew his second save of the season Sunday against Philadelphia.
Insight: He let in two runs in the ninth inning before Brad Ziegler came on to take his place. If Bell has another slip-up like this, Kirk Gibson could opt to use David Hernandez in the ninth inning.
5/8/2013 8:39:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson confirmed that Heath Bell will get the first shot at save chances with J.J. Putz on the shelf, according to Steve Gilbert of
Insight: Bell said before that he was told David Hernandez would either pitch the eighth or ninth based on matchups, but Gibson didn't beat around the bush in saying that Bell will be the guy.
5/8/2013 5:11:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks reliever Heath Bell will be used as the closer while J.J. Putz (elbow) is out. SOURCE: John Gambadoro, 620 KTAR Phoenix
Insight: David Hernandez' recent struggles likely cost him the first shot at the closer role. Bell has a 4.73 ERA, but he also has a 19/3 K/BB in 13 1/3 innings this season. Still, it's going to take a leap of faith to add Bell after he had a 5.09 ERA and eight blown saves last year for the Marlins.
5/8/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Arizona relief pitcher Heath Bell was brought in to close on Tuesday after J.J. Putz left the game with elbow stiffness.
Insight: Arizona has plenty of options if Putz is sidelined: David Hernandez, Matt Reynolds and Bell. Bell has the experience and successfully closed in Tuesday's three-out save opportunity which should mean he gets another shot at the next one.
10/20/2012 4:52:00 PM
Description: Disgruntled relief pitcher Heath Bell has been dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Marlins will receive infielder Yordy Cabrera and cash considerations in exchange.
Insight: This trade was inevitable as Bell and manager Ozzie Guillen showed no ability to coexist with one another during their one season together in Miami. Bell's presence shouldn't threaten J.J. Putz's standing as the team's closer.
7/10/2012 8:52:00 PM
Description: Marlins reliever Heath Bell has been stripped of his closing duties for the second time this season as Miami will go with a closer-by-committee for the time being, according to Joe Frisario of
Insight: Bell started out his Marlins tenure with an ERA of 11.42 and four blown saves in his first 11 appearances, but he appeared to be back on track when he saved 11 games with a 1.84 ERA in 14 2/3 innings from May 16 to June 22. However, he's melted down again since then, allowing 10 runs in 7 1/3 innings including a blown save in his last appearance of the first half. Steve Cishek will likely handle most of the save chances for now with Juan Carlos Oviedo taking over when he returns from suspension, but Miami has a lot of money invested in Bell so there's a chance he gets the role back again.
7/8/2012 8:16:00 PM
Description: Miami ninth-inning man Heath Bell's nightmare season continued Sunday against the Cardinals after he let a 4-2 lead slip away in the ninth inning. For Bell, it was his sixth blown save of the season.
Insight: Bell (2-5, 6.75 ERA) was one of the most reliable closers in the league while he was with the Padres but he's been anything but that since moving over to the Marlins. He has already lost his closer's job once this season and he could be one or two more bad outings away from losing it again.
6/26/2012 4:24:00 PM
Description: Marlins closer Heath Bell gave up four runs on three hits and one walk in an inning of work Monday against St. Louis.
Insight: Horror Movie Heath returned last night. The closer entered in a four-run game and promptly served up four runs, with the big blow coming in the form of a two-run homer by Yadier Molina. Bell had put together 10 straight scoreless appearances after carrying an ERA over eight through his first 21 outings.
6/19/2012 6:32:00 PM
Description: Miami closer Heath Bell hasn't allowed a run in his last nine appearances. He's 7-for-7 in save opportunities with 15 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings in that span.
Insight: Bell has pitched much better after a horrifying start with Miami this season. After going 0-3 with four blown saves and an ERA of 11.42 in his first 8 2/3 innings, Bell is 2-0 with 11 saves in 11 chances, a 2.70 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in his last 16 2/3 innings.
5/28/2012 4:45:00 PM
Description: Miami closer Heath Bell pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday to earn his eighth save.
Insight: For most closers that wouldn't be front-page news, but when you own a 8.47 ERA and a 2.24 WHIP its huge.
Cold5/26/2012 9:29:00 PM
Description: Heath Bell was pulled in the ninth inning for the second game in a row Saturday against the Giants.
Insight: Bell's leash seems to be getting shorter and shorter every time he takes the mound. Ozzie Guillen has already revoked Bell's closer privileges once this season. Don't be surprised if he does it again if Bell's struggles continue.
Cold5/25/2012 11:03:00 PM
Description: Heath Bell allowed two runs on three hits while only recording one out after entering a 7-4 game in the ninth inning. Steve Cishek took over for Bell and picked up his first save of the season.
Insight: Bell's Jekyll and Hyde season continued. After five straight scoreless outings and four straight save conversions, Bell reverted to his April form on Friday.
Cold5/13/2012 4:45:00 PM
Description: ERA killer Heath Bell returned on Sunday. After two straight scoreless outings, Bell entered into a tie game and gave up two runs in the ninth inning against the Mets, but picked up the win when the Marlins rallied for six runs in the bottom of the inning.
Insight: Bell's season ERA crept back over 10 with the outing on Sunday. He's grabbed a win in each of his last two outings, but he still shouldn't be trusted to carry fantasy bullpens.

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