The Padres, predictable trailers this year after trading Adrian Gonzalez , already have been receiving calls from clubs interested in closer Heath Bell , an impending free agent. The Yankees , in need of a setup man, have called but haven’t been as aggressive as other teams that would use Bell to close. Philadelphia, St. Louis and Texas all could use bullpen help.
This time of the year Brian Cashman calls about almost everyone so there are going to be a lot of reports like this. Teams looking for a closer are likely to outbid the Yankees for Bell, but he is a good pitcher so they will likely keep tabs on him until he is dealt. This doesn’t seem likely unless they can take advantage of their monetary advantage by taking on more of his $7.5 million contract than other teams can handle.
Chad Qualls is another name to keep an eye on.