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Report: Giants claim Heath Bell on waivers

Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 3:31 pm
 
BellBy Evan Brunell

The Giants have claimed Heath Bell off of trade waivers from the Padres, ESPN's Buster Olney has learned, which gives the teams 48 hours to work out a trade.

Trade waivers are not the same as the "traditional" waivers that everyone is accustomed to. After July 31, teams are allowed to place players on special waivers that allow the player to be traded at any point after August 1 provided he clears waivers. Upon a claim by another team, which runs in reverse order of teams in the same league before flipping over to the other league, the team (in this instance, the Padres) that placed the player (Bell) on waivers can revoke waivers and keep Bell on the team. However, if the player is placed on trade waivers a second time, the waives become irrevocable, and the player would head to a claiming team in that instance.

This is Bell's first time on trade waivers this season, so the Padres can revoke the waiver claim, so Bell is not a Giant as we speak. He only could be.

The Padres have three choices here -- let Bell go on waivers, revoke him or trade him.

Letting Bell simply go to San Francisco with no compensation will not happen. Bell is an unabashed fan of being with the Padres and has gone so far as saying he would accept an offer of arbitration for one year to stay in town. As a free agent, Bell could get many more years and dollars from another team, but wants to be a Padre. That doesn't necessarily mean Bell will return to town, but if he doesn't, the Padres will be able to get compensation picks as the closer will qualify as a Type A free agent.

Players switching teams on straight waiver claims isn't unheard of -- witness the White Sox acquiring Alex Rios a couple seasons ago through this method -- but it takes a perfect storm of a bloated contract and unneeded performance to make it happen.

Allowing Bell, one of the best closers in the game, to go on waivers -- especially to a division rival who is fighting for the division lead and just saw Brian Wilson go down with injury -- is not going to happen. For San Francisco to get Bell, it will have to trade for the closer. This is the biggest hurdle to a deal, as the Padres will want to extract as much value from Bell as they can, and the first-round pick along with another pick in between the first two rounds is significant value. The possibility of Bell accepting arbitration with San Diego isn't compelling enough to drop the price for Bell in a trade.

If the sides can't agree on a trade within 48 hours, Bell would be pulled back off waivers and would remain with the Padres at least through the end of this season.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:46 am
 

Report: Giants claim Heath Bell on waivers

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Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Report: Giants claim Heath Bell on waivers

Bell will never wear a Giants uniform this year.............

The Padres will keep him and go for the year of arbitration, or try to place him on waivers again later. Maybe the Giants could work out a three team deal where they could get him but I doubt it.
Your darn tooten he won't.



Since: Jun 25, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Report: Giants claim Heath Bell on waivers

Bell will never wear a Giants uniform this year.............

The Padres will keep him and go for the year of arbitration, or try to place him on waivers again later. Maybe the Giants could work out a three team deal where they could get him but I doubt it.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Report: Giants claim Heath Bell on waivers

Not really even much of a story here. Teams do this all the time, try to get some guys through waivers so if the right deal comes along they can still trade people. The Giants blocked it and now the Padres will pull it back. Pretty much...The End.



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Report: Giants claim Heath Bell on waivers

Dude. Did you read the story? There are three options, and the first, the Padres allowing Bell to go to the Giants on waivers isn't gonna happen.

If the Giants did acquire Bell, it would be through a trade. That means the classy Giants would have to fork over a player(s).

If that trade isn't to the Padres satisfaction, the Padres pull Bell back off waivers.

Please. Before using the word "moronic" try knowing what you're talking about.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Report: Giants claim Heath Bell on waivers

Uhhhh, CBS, do you proof the spelling?
Wave, the short answer is "no." The longer answer is "almost never, amazingly so."


   



Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Report: Giants claim Heath Bell on waivers

CBS IS COMICAL, CLEAN UP YOUR HEADLINE ON YOUR HOMEPAGE 'FORMER PADRES CLOSER', NO TRADE YET BOYS. YOU GUYS ARE BETTER THAN THAT.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Report: Giants claim Heath Bell on waivers

Uhhhh, CBS, do you proof the spelling?  First sentence says "HEALTH" Bell.  Maybe that would be apropos for the Giants.


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