Trade Rumors: Yankees Have Interest in Heath Bell

heath-bellVia Ken Davidoff of Newsday:

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.

San Diego also has veteran reliever Chad Qualls , starting pitcher Aaron Harang and outfielder Ryan Ludwick , all in the walk years of their deals.

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.

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2 Responses to Trade Rumors: Yankees Have Interest in Heath Bell

  1. Jay says:

    The Yankees should take a serious run at Bell. Granted, since Soriano is in the 1st yr of his 3 yr deal, they probably shouldn't give up too much (then again Soriano can opt out pretty much whenever he wants & hasn't shown a whole lot yet). But Mo isn't getting any younger & the Yanks are going to need a closer to replace him sooner than later, so why not get a real quality guy who has had quite a bit of success closing. The only downside is that Bell is in a weak division, in the weaker hitting league. If the Yanks are sold that he could be just as successful in the AL East then they should do everything within reason to get Bell in pinstripes.

  2. Mike Sommer says:

    The way he's pitching, the Yanks could have a successor to Mo in house, and not the one we thought (Joba) but Robertson. Robertson's set-up work reminds me of 1996 Rivera so far. His 2011 numbers to date are phenomenal.