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Shocked Bell watches Adams leave for Texas

Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:24 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 6:12 pm
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A still-dazed looking Heath Bell sat at his locker one hour before Sunday's trade deadline and moments after the Padres had shipped set-up man Mike Adams to the Rangers still trying to figure it all out.

His wife had just left him am message and told him: You've been traded to Texas.

Yes, she had been watching television.

"So I went to the back room to call her, and I came back into the clubhouse and Mike's traded," Bell said.

Bell? He was staying in San Diego, according to one Padres' source, barring some late, astronomical offer from the Yankees or the Phillies (or another late entrant).

And as you might have heard, that never came.

"I'm surprised," Bell said. "Texas is getting a great pitcher [in Adams]. It's unbelievable. I'm happy for him. He's from Texas."

Even after the Adams deal an hour before Sunday's 4 p.m. EDT non-waivers trading deadline, had Bell been told he was staying?

"I haven't been told anything," he said. "You never know what's going to happen. Jed [Hoyer, Padres' general manager] makes the hard decisions."

Bell has repeatedly said he will be willing to accept a discounted contract, either now or while on the free agent market this winter.

"I haven't been offered anything," he said. "I can't take a discount on something I haven't been offered. I'm not taking an insane discount, but I would take a discount as a free agent to come back here."

As for Sunday's wild day in the Padres clubhouse, Bell shook his head.

"Supposedly, there were going to be four or five of us traded," Bell said. "Now there's only been one [two, after Ryan Ludwick was shipped to Pittsburgh minutes before the deadline]. I'm not relieved. Mike Adams is one of the best set-up men in the game.

"We're going to miss a great friend and a good teammate."

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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Shocked Bell watches Adams leave for Texas

I gotta assume the Padres think they can and will sign Bell, otherwise NOT trading him and getting nothing in the offseason is insanity
 Odds are they'll re-sign him. However, if they don't, they do get 2 first-round picks. That's something.


As for the Adams trade, I think it's a great one for the Padres. Adams is a stud but the reality is that you have a 33 year old pitcher who has had tons of injury issues most of his career. It's anyone's guess whether he stays off the DL the next couple years.
Yep. the Padres also have Gregerson, who can easily slide into his role. They got 2 solid prospects who might help them very soon.


And trading Ludwick was good. Dude was not a fit in PetCo 
Yep. he's a nice player, but hardly a must-keep.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Shocked Bell watches Adams leave for Texas

 still-dazed looking sat at his locker one hour before Sunday's trade deadline and moments after the had shipped set-up man to the still trying to figure it all out.

His wife had just left him am message and told him: You've been traded to Texas.

Yes, she had been watching television.

"So I went to the back room to call her, and I came back into the clubhouse and Mike's traded," Bell said.

Bell? He was staying in San Diego, according to one Padres' source, barring some late, astronomical offer from the or the (or another late entrant).

And as you might have heard, that never came.

"I'm surprised," Bell said. "Texas is getting a great pitcher [in Adams]. It's unbelievable. I'm happy for him. He's from Texas."

Even after the Adams deal an hour before Sunday's 4 p.m. EDT non-waivers trading deadline, had Bell been told he was staying?

"I haven't been told anything," he said. "You never know what's going to happen. Jed [Hoyer, Padres' general manager] makes the hard decisions."

Bell has repeatedly said he will be willing to accept a discounted contract, either now or while on the free agent market this winter.

"I haven't been offered anything," he said. "I can't take a discount on something I haven't been offered. I'm not taking an insane discount, but I would take a discount as a free agent to come back here."

As for Sunday's wild day in the Padres clubhouse, Bell shook his head.

"Supposedly, there were going to be four or five of us traded," Bell said. "Now there's only been one [two, after was shipped to Pittsburgh minutes before the deadline]. I'm not relieved. Mike Adams is one of the best set-up men in the game.

"We're going to miss a great friend and a good teammate

Texas wanted a guy who could stay longer term. Good move by them. Adams could be the closer there, while Feliz is moved to the rotation in 2012. This year he sets-up and closes when Feliz falters or needs a rest. Texas made a good move, if Adams is there for a few years. It sees like they gave up some talent for him and according to reports, Bell would have gotten the same package. The difference is Bell wants to be back and has stated that publically.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Shocked Bell watches Adams leave for Texas

I gotta assume the Padres think they can and will sign Bell, otherwise NOT trading him and getting nothing in the offseason is insanity

As for the Adams trade, I think it's a great one for the Padres. Adams is a stud but the reality is that you have a 33 year old pitcher who has had tons of injury issues most of his career. It's anyone's guess whether he stays off the DL the next couple years.

And trading Ludwick was good. Dude was not a fit in PetCo 



Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Shocked Bell watches Adams leave for Texas

Nobody was gonna pay what they wanted for Bell, truth be told hes not that good.  He will not be around in a cpl years, hes not built to stay in the bigs and be effective.  Plenty of guys out there who are cheaper and will be good in a cpl years



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Shocked Bell watches Adams leave for Texas

Heath Bell has hinted to the local radio media that he would be willing to take "The San Diego Discount" like Tony Gwynn, Sr. did to keep his family in San Diego.

One of his sons is developmentally disabled and once one finds a good school, one doesn't move.  He didn't say that was the reason, but I saw a local news/interview with Heath and he also does the "Mr. Mom" thing every morning and believe me, he was really in his element.  



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Shocked Bell watches Adams leave for Texas

If you watch the post game interview with Bell, you can almost feel his disapointment that he wasn't traded.  Oh, well, buck up! You're a free agent next year.



Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Shocked Bell watches Adams leave for Texas

I thought Bell said he wanted to stay in SD.  This is better for Texas because Adams is igned through 2012.  Bell would have enjoyed the playoffs with Texas and signed with SD next year.  So, good trade Texas.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Shocked Bell watches Adams leave for Texas

Luke Gregerson would have been the trade to keep me happy.  Unfortunately, Mike Adams is far more valuable currently.   Mike Adams and Heath Bell are two peas in a pod.  Now the Padres have one pea in their "Pod".




Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Shocked Bell watches Adams leave for Texas

Padres traded the right player.  Sign Bell to a long term contract for 3 or 4 years.




Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Shocked Bell watches Adams leave for Texas



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