Report: Yankees sign Heath Bell to minor-league deal

June 13, 5:56 PM

The New York Yankees reportedly added some pitching depth Friday prior to a tilt with the Oakland Athletics.

Bell opted out of his minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on June 8 after they didn't add him to the MLB roster.

The 36-year-old posted a 4.22 ERA in 10 2/3 innings for the O's Triple-A affiliate and has 168 career saves to his credit.

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June 24, 6:20 PM

Yankees release Heath Bell

June 24, 6:20 PM

Heath Bell's once-proud career appears to be heading towards an ignominious end, as the closer was released by the New York Yankees on Tuesday, before even tossing an inning for their big league club. 

After five sterling seasons with the San Diego Padres, Bell was awarded a three-year, $27 million contract from the Miami Marlins in 2012, but has struggled ever since, and bottomed out with the Tampa Bay Rays this season, posting a grotesque 7.27 ERA in 17.1 innings of work.

After the Rays released him, Bell initially signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles, then opted out of it and signed with the Yankees instead. 

After failing to even sniff the big league roster, it's unclear whether any other teams will be seeking Bell's services after this. 

The good news for Bell is he's still being paid the $9 million he's owed this season, $5.5 million of which is being covered by the Rays. 

[H/T HardballTalk]

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June 8, 9:51 PM

Report: Heath Bell opts out of deal with Orioles

June 8, 9:51 PM

Veteran reliever Heath Bell opted out of his minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles and is now a free agent, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

Bell signed with the Orioles in May after being released by the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 36-year-old posted a 7.27 ERA over 13 appearances for the Rays.

May 16, 8:49 PM

Report: Orioles sign Heath Bell to minor-league deal

May 16, 8:49 PM

The Baltimore Orioles bolstered their bullpen depth Friday night, signing a veteran reliever.

Four teams, including the Orioles, were rumored to be in the mix for the righty's services after he was released by the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 36-year-old is a three-time All-Star but posted a 7.27 ERA in 13 appearances for Tampa Bay.

May 15, 8:43 PM

Report: 4 teams competing for Heath Bell's services

May 15, 8:43 PM

Recently released reliever Heath Bell is being pursued by four teams, according to MLBDailyDish.com.

The Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners are reportedly among the suitors for the 36-year-old's services, but the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros are not interested despite having woeful bullpens.

Bell offers 11 years of experience and is a three-time All-Star, but he struggled mightily with the Rays this season, posting a 1-1 record with a lofty 7.27 ERA.

The Philadelphia Phillies are also rumored to be interested in the righty.

May 11, 9:41 AM

Rays release Heath Bell

May 11, 9:41 AM

Heath Bell's time in Tampa Bay lasted 17 1/3 innings. 

The Rays released the former three-time All-Star after he proved to be an ineffective piece of an already poor bullpen that ranks in the bottom third in the league in ERA and WHIP. Bell was designated for assignment a week ago.

Acquired from from Arizona in December, Bell fashioned a 7.27 ERA in his short stay in Florida.

The thrifty Rays are still on the hook for the $5.5 million owed to Bell as they were unsurprisingly unable to trade him. 

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May 4, 11:07 AM

Rays designate Heath Bell for assignment, call up Nathan Karns

May 4, 11:07 AM

The resilient Tampa Bay Rays are staying the flood for now, somehow sitting just three games below .500 despite a disastrous slew of injuries that reduced their once-proud pitching staff to a cobbling of spare parts. It's resulted in a drop to 11th in the American League in team ERA (they were fifth last season) and placed a strain on the Rays' overworked bullpen. 

The player they brought in last offseason ostensibly to be their closer hasn't been much help. Heath Bell, who is making $9 million this season ($5.5 million of which the Rays are paying), was smacked around for 24 hits in 17.1 innings of work, while compiling an ERA of 7.27. 

On Sunday, the Rays seemingly decided to cut their losses with Bell, designating him for assignment and recalling pitcher Nathan Karns from Triple-A Durham. 

The 26-year-old Karns has three games of major league experience, which came as a starter with the Washington Nationals last season. He went 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA and served up five home runs in 12 innings of work. 

Karns hasn't been much better in Triple-A this season, going 2-2 with an 8.20 ERA in six starts. He is expected to work out of the bullpen, at least for now.