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Padres, Heath Bell may be parting ways

Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:28 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Padres All-Star closer Heath Bell has stated time and again he wants to remain with the Padres. He's even said in the past that he was willing to accept arbitration, which would amount to a one-year contract with a likely modest raise. But the more time passes, the more Bell sounds to be losing faith he's going to stick around. From signonsandiego.com:
“I told my guys that if there is any shot for San Diego, hold onto it. But I haven’t really heard anything from the Padres since they changed general managers. Right now, I have no idea what to expect.

“But I think there’s going to be a three-year deal out there from someone. And that’s what I’d like to have. I’d rather stay on the West Coast. But I still have a home in Florida.”
Obviously new general manager Josh Byrnes has plenty on his plate, but it's a bit surprising that he hasn't contacted Bell's agents yet, assuming he wants to retain the closer. The report did state that Byrnes is planning on meeting with Bell's agents by the end of the week. Still, Bell mentioned that if the Red Sox signed him, for example, he could play with Adrian Gonzalez again. And note above that he said he still has a home in Florida. The Marlins are looking to spend lavishly and need a closer.

And, again, Bell just sounds like he's resigned to being forced to look elsewhere -- more from signonsandiego.com:
“I have to weigh all my options,” said Bell. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. But it seems like there are going to be some very good options soon. And after everything that has happened with the Padres, I don’t know what is going on.

“They lost the general manager (Hoyer) and the guy (Jason McLeod) responsible for building the future Padres through the draft.”
I guess you could say he sounds like he's on the fence. One thing seems a near-certainty: Bell is going to get a more lucrative offer elsewhere. Will he take it? We'll find out quite soon.

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howtellking
Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:43 pm
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Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:25 am
 

Padres, Heath Bell may be parting ways

I don't blame him at all.  Adios Heath. 

Mario Lopez needs to Twitter about the Padres and see what kind of response he gets.  You thought it was difficult being a Charger fan...it's way worse being a Padre fan.     


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