The New York Yankees have signed reliever Heath Bell to a minor-league deal.
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News broke the story after it was discovered Bell was on the roster of the Yanks' Triple-A affiliate, Scranton Wilkes-Barre:
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has added RHP Heath Bell to its roster, so it appears the Yankees have signed the former closer to a minor-lg deal.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) June 13, 2014
Bell had a short stint with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014 which ended with the reliever going 1-1 with a 7.27 ERA in 13 games. After having little to no success with the Rays, Bell was released.
The 36-year-old and former New York Met was originally traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Rays. After being released by Tampa Bay, he signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles, which ended with Bell opting out.
From 2009-2011, Bell was one of the best closers in baseball with the San Diego Padres and compiled 40 saves or more in each of those seasons. It was all downhill from there as Bell signed a lucrative deal with the Miami Marlins and was a major disappointment with eight blown saves in 27 chances during the 2012 campaign.
Things didn't get better for Bell in 2013 with the D-Backs after he posted a 4.11 ERA and blew seven saves in 22 chances before being dealt.
With David Robertson and a slew of great relievers in the mix, the Yanks won't need Bell for much more than middle-inning relief as the bridge to D-Rob is set with Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances and Adam Warren all having solid to stellar seasons in 2014.
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