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Cardinals interested in Bell, Bartlett

Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:54 pm
By Evan Brunell

BellThe Cardinals are attempting to trade for both Heath Bell and Jason Bartlett from San Diego, the New York Post reports.

St. Louis has mixed and matched at closer the entire season, and Bell would immediately slot in as a proven closer. While Fernando Salas, a rookie, has locked down the ninth inning as of late by converting 10 straight saves and 12 overall, he's still an unproven rookie. Although the Cardinals have had success with unproven rookies becoming closers, as Adam Wainwright was a major reason the Cardinals walked away with the 2006 championship.

However, St. Louis' bullpen as a whole has struggled, registering a 4.19 ERA, good for 23rd in baseball. Adding Bell would allow the Cardinals to lengthen the bullpen by putting Salas in a setup role and pushing everyone down a spot, which can't help but dramatically improve the bullpen. Bell has saved 55 of his last 56 chances and boasts a 2.53 ERA on the season, although his strikeout rate has declined to seven per nine innings after registering in the double-digits over the last two seasons.

Bartlett, meanwhile, would solve the Cardinals' gaping hole at shortstop. While Ryan Theriot has surprised with the stick and raised St. Louis' level of grittiness, he's been porous in the field and could use a shift to second. Bartlett, who was acquired in the offseason, boasts a slick glove and hit .320 in 2009, although he's down to .249 with San Diego. Acquiring both Bell and Bartlett would dramatically improve the Cards' chances of hanging tough with the Brewers and Reds, while San Diego is 10 1/2 games out of first and needs to look to next season as they continue their post-Adrian Gonzalez era.

The Post also notes that the Yankees want Mike Adams from the Padres, but the righty's price tag will be large given he is San Diego's closer of the future.

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:54 pm

Cardinals interested in Bell, Bartlett

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:00 pm

Cardinals interested in Bell, Bartlett

The Padres do not want nor need will take a pitching prospect like Martinez to get Bell. The author was very clear as to why they are interested in Bartlett,if you dont watch him regularly you may not realize how good of a fielder he is.

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 4:20 pm

Cardinals interested in Bell, Bartlett

I agree...I am all for getting Heath Bell.  Trading Jon Jay straight up for him or maybe Punto and a prospect or Theriot and a prospect.  (I'd love for someone to take Skip Schumaker off our hands, but no one will.)  Heath Bell is a MUST for the Cardinals to have a shot at the playoffs!!!  Get him now and pay what it takes to make it happen!

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:06 pm

Cardinals interested in Bell, Bartlett

Bartlett? Um...why? To start a collection of light-hitting middle infielders to rule the Earth? (Punto, Theriot, Skippy, Descalso, Bartlett)

He is...terrible.

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