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Heath Bell looking like short-timer in San Diego

Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:27 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 6:56 pm
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As the Padres' home struggles deepen, chances of the club finding a new home for Heath Bell this summer appear to be increasing.

Bell is a closer who isn't getting much work, and he's headed for free agency this winter. The Padres briefly broached a contract extension with him this spring, but those talks were very general and have not been revisited since camp ended.

"I love it here, and I don't want to go anywhere," says Bell, who just had a house built in the area. "But because I've beat that drum into the ground, I think people are tired of hearing it."

Because the Padres were 19-29 and last in the NL West heading into the middle game of a three-game set with St. Louis on Tuesday, the reality is that odds of a trade are increasing.

Several clubs -- including Texas, according to CBSSports.com sources -- have inquired recently about Bell. The Padres, not yet eager to pull the trigger, are in listen-only mode and, sources say, want to wait a little longer and see how things play out.

The Rangers, who recently inquired about Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan, are described as simply checking their options while they, too, evaluate how the season develops.

As for the Padres, barring a dramatic turnaround, there will be no reason not to deal Bell.

He's pitched in just three of the last 14 games. Petco Park, where the Padres went 45-36 last summer, has turned into their very own little shop of horrors in these post-Adrian Gonzalez days.

The Padres are 8-19 at Petco, the worst home record in the majors. Six of their nine shutouts this season have come at home. The splits bear out the carnage: In 27 home games so far, the Padres are hitting .202 with just 60 runs scored. In 21 road games, the Padres are hitting .265 with 106 runs scored.

Manager Bud Black held a stern team meeting following Sunday's loss, the finale of a three-game sweep by Seattle.

"I'll give it everything I have for the Padres until the team says otherwise," Bell says. "Until Jed [Hoyer, Padres general manager] tells me I'm no longer a San Diego Padre.

"In my own quirky head, I still think something will happen at the end of the year and I'll stay here. It's wait-and-see. But I understand the business part. We've got to play well and get some fans in here."

Likes: Boston at Cleveland meaning something for both teams in late May. ... Kyle McClellan, the Cardinals' starter who is doing a great job of stepping in for fallen mate Adam Wainwright. ... The job general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson are doing in Arizona. ... Secretariat. Caught up with it on DVD the other night. Very enjoyable. ... The Reagan Diaries. Whatever your political persuasion, it's a fascinating peek behind the Oval Office curtain. But jeez, does the man ever whine every time Nancy leaves town. ("With Nancy gone, I think this must be the loneliest place in the world."). ... The music of Treme, the great HBO show starring New Orleans (along with real actors).

Dislikes: Aw, Animal Kingdom ran second in the Preakness. There goes my interest in horse racing for the season.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Sittin' in the kitchen, a house in Macon
"Loretta's singing on the radio
"Smell of coffee eggs and bacon
"Car wheels on a gravel road
"Pull the curtains back and look outside
"Somebody, somehere I don't know
"Come on now child we're gonna go for a ride
"Car wheels on a gravel road"

-- Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road




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Comments

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Heath Bell looking like short-timer in San Diego

Rangers need bullpen help. I'd take either option!




Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Heath Bell looking like short-timer in San Diego

Totally agree.  Reminds me of the 2009 WS with Joe Buck commenting about Pearl Jam playing at some arena the night before and how great their "new CD" was.  Who cares! The Yankees were on the brink of smashing the Phillies hopes and dreams of back to backs with their 27th Championship.  Maybe a job on American Idol is more suited for JB.  None the less Heath Bell certainly could help out Oakland or The White Sox.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Heath Bell looking like short-timer in San Diego

Is there anything more tired and trite than a journalist who thinks people might care about his tastes in music, TV shows and sports he knows nothing about? You're not hip, Scott. Stick to baseball.


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