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Padres taking lots of calls re. Bell, others

Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:53 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 10:08 pm
While the Rangers and Cardinals led a hard-charging pack Wednesday focused on San Diego relievers Heath Bell and Mike Adams, according to sources, the Padres' asking price remains high.

One club source cautions that the Padres could reach Sunday's trade deadline without having made any deal for Bell, who has made it clear wants to remain in San Diego and who the Padres think would re-sign for a discount this winter.

That isn't diminishing enthusiasm shown on Wednesday. And there is no reason why the Padres couldn't trade Bell now, get some pieces back and then re-sign him this winter as a free agent if he'll take such a discount.

The Padres have several trade chips that have general manager Jed Hoyer working overtime: Bell, Adams, reliever Chad Qualls, starting pitcher Aaron Harang and outfielder Ryan Ludwick.

"Our guys who are being talked about are handling it well," Padres manager Bud Black says. "It's part of baseball. It's happening in 29 other clubhouses right now, too. You can't stop it.

"Our players know their focus is on our game at 7:05."

Bell is a free agent after the season, the Padres control Adams through 2012. Among the other clubs who are checking: The Phillies.

Harang and the Padres have a mutual club option for 2012 at a $5 million salary. Ludwick is a free agent this winter, while the Padres own a $6 million club option on Qualls for 2012 with a $1.05 million buyout.

"Qualls gets less out of good stuff than anybody I've ever seen in my life," one NL scout says. "His fastball has great movement, he has great sink, and yet he comes in and screws up more games than anybody I've seen."

As for Bell, sources from several rival clubs say the Padres' price right now is high. Another scout, noting that as a Type A free agent the Padres (or an acquiring club) would receive two picks for Bell -- "probably one in the 20s and then probably a compensation pick in the 40s" -- if he flees via free agency, says, "My opinion, if they think they're getting two big-time prospects for Heath, I don't see it. Because I think he's a short-term rental" before he becomes a free agent.

Cleveland, Atlanta and Pittsburgh are among those clubs who have inquired on Ludwick, who is hitting .240 with 11 homers and 62 RBI this summer.

While the Padres are expected to deal Ludwick because there is virtually no interest on either side of his returning in 2012, one source says, as with Bell, they could opt for draft picks as compensation for losing him via free agency. The Padres believe Ludwick wants at least a three-year deal via free agency and they are not interested in doing that.


Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:03 pm

Padres taking lots of calls re. Bell, others

It is official, the Rangers just traded Jurickson Profar to the Padres for Bell.

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:08 am

Padres taking lots of calls re. Bell, others

Keep HeathBell.  He's the face of the franchise like Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman before him.  He's charismatic, entertaining, a proven closer and willing to take a discount inSan Diego.  KeepingBellcan keep some of the fans in their seats.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:43 pm

Padres taking lots of calls re. Bell, others

They won't trade Bell. If they truly want to resign him, they would have to give up some compensation draft picks to do that if they traded him away. I doubt they could get more for him in a trade at this point, but maybe. He could be a difference maker in places like St. Louis, White Sox (if they decide they are not selling), or actyually any playoff team. Bullpens win games. Adams, maybe, but meh.

Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:41 pm

Padres taking lots of calls re. Bell, others

Trading him and resigning him is tremendously complicated by his Type A status for free agent compensation.  If the Padrea want to do that, best thing is just to keep him to the end of the year.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:42 pm

Padres taking lots of calls re. Bell, others

You would have to be foolish to give more than a box of baseballs for Ludwick. He is hitting 240 and dropping. Don't forget that we acquired him last year to help us down the stretch and he was a complete failure. Our dependance on him led directly to the 10 game losing streak that cost us the pennant.

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:11 pm

Padres taking lots of calls re. Bell, others

Sell high!  The Padres could load up on some offense to support their young arms by trading these guys asap. 

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