Heath Bell RUMORS & NEWS

  • Heath Bell To Retire

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran right-handed reliever Heath Bell, 37, has decided to retire, he tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock. Bell had been in camp with the Nationals on a minor league deal until his release yesterday. Though Bell says he felt good this spring and believed he could still contribute at the big league..." March 24

  • Nationals release Heath Bell

    Hardball Talk "Washington released veteran reliever Heath Bell, who signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals in December. Bell showed up to camp in The Best Shape Of His Life and would have earned $1 million for cracking the Opening Day roster, but the 37-year-old former All-Star closer struggled in a..." March 23

  • Bell, Hanigan to Rays in three-way trade

    MLB.com "The D-backs, Rays and Reds pulled off a three-team trade on Tuesday that will send reliever Heath Bell and catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays. The Reds will receive left-hander David Holmberg from the D-backs, with Arizona receiving right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named or cash..." December 04

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    Nick Piecoro @nickpiecoro

    I'm not sure about the particulars but apparently Heath Bell might be involved in this three-team trade with the Rays, Reds and Dbacks.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #DBacks get RHP Justin Choate, player to be named, per source. Bell, Hanigan, $$$ to #Rays, Holmberg to #Reds, Choate and PTBN to #DBacks.

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Heath Bell has recently been placed on revocable waivers. #dbacks

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    Steve Gilbert @SteveGilbertMLB

    #Dbacks manager Kirk Gibson is moving J.J. Putz out of the closer's role in favor of Heath Bell for right now.

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    Jack Magruder @JackMagruder

    #Dbacks Bell remains closer, Gibson said, but that does not mean they will not turn to someone else - Hernandez, Ziegler - Sunday.

  • Heath Bell allows homer in fifth consecutive appearance

    Hardball Talk "Diamondbacks closer Heath Bell surrendered a two-run home run to Jay Bruce in the top of the ninth inning that turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit. It marked the fifth consecutive game in which Bell has allowed a homerun: June 10 @ Dodgers: Juan Uribe walk-off solo home run June 12 @ Dodgers:..." June 23

  • With mechanics fixed, Heath Bell closing again for Arizona Diamondbacks

    Arizona Republic "Heath Bell’s transition back into the closer role, with J.J. Putz on the shelf with an elbow injury, wasn’t the challenge. That job was old hat. The tough part was cleaning up his mechanics after allowing 10 hits and four runs in his first five appearances this season. “I knew something..." May 11

  • Heath Bell ready to bounce back with Arizona Diamondbacks

    Arizona Republic "For veteran players just trying to get ready for the season, results in spring-training games can sometimes matter less than being able to finish the daily crossword puzzle. But for Diamondbacks reliever Heath Bell, his first appearance with his new team in Saturday afternoon’s Cactus League..." February 24

  • Marlins trade Bell to Arizona in three-team deal

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Unsuccessful in their attempts to trade closer Heath Bell before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, the Marlins wasted no time after season's end to renew their efforts. Saturday, the Marlins sent Bell and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In exchange, they acquired minor league third baseman..." October 21

  • D-backs trade OF Chris Young to Oakland, acquire Heath Bell in separate move from Marlins

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks announced Saturday that they traded outfielder Chris Young and cash considerations to the Oakland Athletics for shortstop Cliff Pennington and minor-league infielder Yordy Cabrera. The team then sent Cabrera to the Miami Marlins in exchange for right-handed reliever Heath Bell and..." October 20

  • Miami Marlins deny report of Alex Rodriguez for Heath Bell trade talks

    Miami Herald "The Marlins are in the market for a third baseman, making it their top priority this offseason. Whether that hole is filled by Alex Rodriguez remains to be seen. Multiple sources shot down a report Wednesday stating that the Marlins have had discussions with the New York Yankees involving a..." October 18

  • Heath Bell And His Influence On The Miami Clubhouse

    Fish Stripes "As the Miami Marlins' season came to a close, manager Ozzie Guillen and setup man Heath Bell began making their opinions of each other public, leading to a disrupted Marlins clubhouse. Without hesitation, Bell said that it was "hard to respect" Guillen as a manager. Guillen immediately responded..." October 15

  • Heath Bell, and baseball's most depressing season

    SB Nation "Every time a baseball player struggles under the weight of a big contract, there's a temptation to say something like, "Meh, the money will make them happy." Money might not cure everything, but that's probably because you're rubbing it in the wrong places, right? Well, no, that's probably not..." September 26

  • Bell backtracks on comments about Guillen

    Fox Sports Florida "If Showtime had stuck around the Marlins the entire season, there would be some September drama that would be hard to question. In a recent interview with FOX Sports Florida, Miami reliever Heath Bell had claimed the Showtime series "The Franchise," which followed the Marlins throughout the..." September 26

  • Heath Bell becomes uncomfortable listener to Ozzie Guillen's radio response

    Miami Herald "Heath Bell wasn't punished by the Marlins for saying it was "hard to respect" manager Ozzie Guillen. Not formally. But Bell was made to pay in a way that was potentially more painful. He was made to listen to Guillen talk about it. As Bell sat in front of his locker before Tuesday's game in..." September 26

  • Marlins pitcher Heath Bell says he "pretty much lost" the respect of his teammates

    Palm Beach Post "Heath Bell spoke with Marlins beat writers this afternoon about the comments he made about manager Ozzie Guillen. Here's a partial transcript. "All I have to say is what was taken yesterday on ESPN was out of proportion. I was not criticizing Ozzie one bit. I'm not retracting anything I said..." September 26

  • Ozzie Guillen brushes off comments from Heath Bell

    ESPN "Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is brushing off criticism from reliever Heath Bell. Speaking on Tuesday about the team's latest ordeal, Guillen said Bell is entitled to his opinion. But the manager added that he has received about 30 supportive messages from current players and those he managed..." September 25

  • Heath Bell candid in interview

    ESPN "Miami Marlins reliever Heath Bell was critical of Ozzie Guillen during a radio interview Monday, hinting that he does not respect the Miami Marlins' opinionated manager. Bell, who was removed from the closer role after struggling earlier this season, made the comments on "The Dan Sileo Show" on..." September 24

  • Miami Marlins' Heath Bell blows save after extensive rain delay in loss to Nationals

    Miami Herald "Black clouds began to roll in over Nationals Park at nearly the precise moment that Heath Bell picked up a ball and began warming up in the Marlins' bullpen. The Marlins led the Nationals by a run and manager Ozzie Guillen was entrusting Bell with a ninth-inning save situation for the first..." September 09

  • Outcome not worth the wait for Bell, Marlins

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Heath Bell was on the mound ready for the bottom of the ninth when the squall started Saturday. He had yet to throw a pitch. Two hours and 33 minutes later the conditions really deteriorated – for the Marlins anyway. With Steve Cishek unavailable, the Marlins called on Bell to preserve a..." September 09

  • Heath Bell Close To Getting Closer Opportunities For Miami Marlins

    Fish Stripes "The Miami Marlins have seen enough good out of deposed closer Heath Bell that they might return him to the closer role soon. Cue the loud cries of Marlins fans everywhere saying "Remember last time?" Heath Bell has performed very well since being removed from the closer position at the start..." August 09

  • Ozzie Guillen: Heath Bell Deserves Another Shot

    SB Nation "He was the closer, and then he wasn't. Then he was again, and wasn't again. Now it looks like Heath Bell will, once more, be the Miami Marlins' closer. clarkspencer @clarkspencer Guillen said he feels bell has pitched well enough lately to deserve another oportunity to close..." August 08

  • Hanley, Josh, Nolasco all drawing interest

    Fox Sports "The Miami Marlins are telling other clubs, "We are open for business." And already, those clubs are calling Marlins officials, inquiring about trades for specific players. Among the Marlins drawing interest, according to major-league sources: Third baseman Hanley Ramirez, first baseman Carlos..." July 24

  • Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell indifferent to Red Sox rumor

    Boston Herald "The first question posed to Hanley Ramirez before Wednesday's game was about the Alfonso Soriano line drive he snared in the ninth inning the night before. It was hit with such force that Ramirez removed his glove and began shaking his left hand. Perhaps aware of the more-pressing topic that..." July 19

  • Steve Cishek delivers as Miami Marlins' closer in key victory over Nationals

    Miami Herald "Heath Bell remained seated inside the Marlins bullpen throughout Saturday's ninth inning. Only time will tell whether that will remain the embattled closer's permanent spot in crunch time. For one night, anyhow, Steve Cishek was assigned the role by manager Ozzie Guillen. And he delivered,..." July 15

  • Miami Marlins' Heath Bell continues to look for answers

    Miami Herald "Although Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen hasn't completely ruled out using Heath Bell in the ninth inning when the Marlins resume the second half of their season Friday night against the Nationals, the 34-year-old, three-time All-Star knows if he's going to lock down the closer's job moving forward,..." July 13

  • Miami Marlins' Ozzie Guillen to use closers group

    Miami Herald "When the Marlins open the second half of the season Friday night at Marlins Park against the Washington Nationals, the ninth inning will no longer belong to Heath Bell. In fact, the closer's job won't belong to anybody. Manager Ozzie Guillen, on his weekly appearance on the Dan Le Batard..." July 11

  • Miami Marlins' Heath Bell blows save in loss to St. Louis Cardinals

    Miami Herald "On a day when All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton was back home in Miami having his right knee sliced open on a surgical table, the Marlins closed out the first half of their season with another punch-to-the-gut blown save by closer Heath Bell. But that wasn't the only punch that hurt in..." July 09

  • Heath Bell's sixth blown save punctuates Marlins' sour first half

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Marlins' disappointing first half of the season ended as it began, with a loss to the Cardinals. Sunday's 5-4 defeat at Busch Stadium underscored the reasons the underachieving Marlins are three games under .500 and on the fringe of the playoff race going into the All-Star break. Heath..." July 09

  • Guillen stands up for Bell in clubhouse rant

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Aramis Ramirez fouled off a third-inning pitch into the Marlins dugout Tuesday. It struck former Cubs teammate Carlos Zambrano, hitting coach Eduardo Perez and sent Ozzie Guillen scurrying. By game's end, Guillen was probably wishing not only that it caught him as well but rendered him..." July 04

  • Ninth-inning collapse Monday was worst in Miami Marlins history

    Miami Herald "One day after the Marlins suffered the worst ninth-inning collapse in franchise history, manager Ozzie Guillen shaved off his mustache, telling 790 The Ticket he did it "so people don't know who I am" and so that they won't say "that's the overrated manager we brought here." Guillen made the..." June 27

  • Marlins, Heath Bell cough up big lead in ninth, lose in 10

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Cardinals' bullpen was bad. The Marlins' bullpen found a way to be worse. Mark Salas and Eduardo Sanchez combined to issue four walks (one intentional) during a four-run Marlins' seventh that should have iced the win over the Cardinals. Instead, the Cardinals scored an unearned run in the..." June 26

  • Marlins: Guillen, Bell clash a 'misunderstanding'

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Marlins closer Heath Bell wasn't happy to see manager Ozzie Guillen come out to remove him with two runners on and two outs in the ninth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox. Bell took exception and argued the point before heading to the dugout. Afterward, Bell said he meant no..." June 15

  • Three Things: How Marlins closer Heath Bell got things fixed

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Thing 1:Make it two straight saves for Heath Bell against the first-place Nationals this week after a rough patch over the weekend against the Giants. It took the Marlins closer just 12 pitches (only two balls) to record his second straight clean ninth in Tuesday night's 3-1 win, and the..." May 31

  • Marlins manager Guillen sticking with Bell in closer role

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen before Sunday's series finale against the Giants gave Heath Bell another endorsement. Bell despite being unable to finish back-to-back ninth innings in which he entered with three-run leads will remain the Marlins' closer. "It's easy to criticize," Guillen..." May 28

  • Miami Marlins' Guillen: Heath Bell still 'my guy'

    Miami Herald "Heath Bell thought the curveball he threw Friday was the right pitch. Ozzie Guillen didn't agree. When it came to Bell's pitch selection in the Marlins' 7-6 nail-biter over the Giants, the closer and his manager had a difference of opinion. But Guillen was emphatic on one point: Bell is "my..." May 27

  • Marlins clean up another Bell mess to beat Giants

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Ninth inning. Two out. Tying runs on base and a red-hot hitter at the plate. This was why the Marlins signed Heath Bell. Gregor Blanco, who entered the at-bat 8 for his last 13 with three extra-base hits, swung through the 0-2 pitch, giving the Marlins a 5-3 win Saturday. The problem with that..." May 27

  • Manager Ozzie Guillen facing another Heath Bell dilemma

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Once this season Ozzie Guillen removed Heath Bell from the closer role. Bell has forced him to contemplate the same course of action. For the second time in as many nights, Bell started the ninth with a three-run lead. His results dictated Guillen remove him mid-outing. Bell gave up a leadoff..." May 27

  • Bell takes issue with Guillen questioning pitch selection

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Manager Ozzie Guillen and closer Heath Bell have a difference of opinion about how to pitch with a three-run lead in the ninth inning. After Friday's 7-6 win, Guillen questioned why Bell threw Joaquin Arias a 2-1 breaking ball. The count went to 3-1 and after three straight foul balls, Arias..." May 27

  • Bell rewards Zambrano for keeping the faith

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Closers generally don't get any additional gratification out of saving games for one starter over another. Yet Friday might have been a little different. That Heath Bell closed out a 3-2 victory over the Indians for Carlos Zambrano meant a little more. Three times this season Bell had a hand..." May 19

  • Justin Turner gets best of Heath Bell again, but Marlins make comeback of their own

    New York Daily News "Justin Turner went to the plate in the ninth inning Sunday with soaring confidence against Miami's Heath Bell, thanks to a 13-pitch battle the two had April 26 at Citi Field. Turner walked with the bases loaded that day in Queens, driving in the tying run in a 3-2 Mets win. Sunday, he lashed a..." May 14

  • Miami Marlins' Ozzie Guillen encouraged by resurgent Josh Johnson, Heath Bell

    Miami Herald "Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said what was most encouraging about the way the team's 8-1 road trip ended Wednesday was seeing two of the team's most important pitchers — Josh Johnson and Heath Bell — regain their form. "I think the best news I saw was Bell and J.J. throwing the ball..." May 11

  • Bell vows to regain job as Marlins closer

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Heath Bell faces questions about his temporary exile as Marlins closer with the same hard stare he usually reserves for hitters in the ninth inning. Prior to Wednesday's finale of a nine-game trip, he offered little insight into how the situation is affecting him aside from declaring..." May 10

  • Marlins temporarily bounce Bell from closer role

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Heath Bell after blowing his fourth save in seven opportunities late Friday forced manager Ozzie Guillen's hand. For the immediate future, the Marlins no longer will use Bell in save situations. Pitching again in San Diego, where he topped the 40-save mark in each of the last three seasons,..." May 06

  • Miami Marlins' Ozzie Guillen still sticks with Heath Bell

    Miami Herald "Ozzie Guillen is sticking with Heath Bell as his closer despite yet another ninth-inning fizzle on Wednesday that nearly cost the Marlins the game. "That's what we want. That's what I want," Guillen said Thursday, one day after the Marlins survived Bell's latest meltdown with a 3-2 victory in..." May 04

  • Bell expects quiet return

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Heath Bell poked out his head and surveyed the two dozen reporters and cameramen awaiting Jose Reyes when he returned to Citi Field for the first time as a Marlin last month. He's not anticipating a similar welcoming committee at Petco Park on Friday. "In San Diego, we only had about three..." May 04

  • Ozzie sticking with Bell as closer

    Miami Herald "Ozzie Guillen is not waving the white flag on closer Heath Bell. Not yet. The Marlins manager told a group of reporters a moment ago that he intends to stick with Bell as his ninth-inning stopper despite the veteran pitcher's run of poor outings, the most recent of which came last night when he..." May 03

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