Heath Bell going, going….

Baseball 27 Jul 2011

It’s no secret that Padres closer Heath Bell is likely to be moved within the next few days if not hours.  The question for Padres fans then becomes, “Well, where will he go and what will we get back?”

Where will he end up going?  There are multiple teams that could use his services either as a closer or set up man but the front runners as of this posting appear to be the Rangers, Phillies, and Angels, with the Yankees maybe lurking in the weeds.

What do those teams have to offer?  It varies.

  • The Phillies who could desperately use him in the closers role have a lot of prospects in the lower levels, especially seemingly their A affiliate Clearwater.  There are two players however that could be viewed as ready for MLB action.  The first of course is Dominic Brown who is currently in the big leagues with the  Phils, posting average numbers while basically platooning against left handed pitching.  The other is RHP Justin De Fratus, who has been putting up solid numbers out of the pen at AA & AAA.  This could be an interesting trade partner for the Pads especially if Ryan Ludwick were included to help out the hole they’ve had in right field most of the season.  Sending over two significant pieces could help pry away some ready now and down the road talent.
  • Texas needs  a lot of bullpen help having blown 13 of 36 save chances already this season.  They could use Bell and set up man Mike Adams, and have several young, close ready arms to offer in return.   Martin Perez, Robbie Erlin, and Neil Ramirez have all broken out this season at AA & AAA.  Other names being mentioned include pitchers Joseph Wieland (AA), Tanner Scheppers (AA), Robert Ross (A), and Barret Loux (A). They also have in their lower ranks 18 year old shortstop Jurickson Profar who is highly touted by scouts as a future impact player, but the Rangers probably won’t part with him  for a 2 month rental in Bell, but who knows what mix of prospects would be packaged if Adams or Ludwick is included in the deal as well?
  • The Angels need a third baseman more that anything else, but with few if any options available in that department (thanks to Aramis Ramirez’s refusal to waive his no-trade clause, and Twins claim to be hanging on to Cuddyer), the halos will likely look to strengthen their bullpen.  Garrett Richards (AA) was ranked the 6th best prospect in their system and is 11-1 so far this season.  Hank Conger is projected to be the Angels everyday catcher of the future, despite struggling with the bat in his call up earlier this year.  Left-hander Tyler Skaggs put up solid numbers in A ball and is now proving himself in AA.  Maybe the Angels have something the Pads would want in return for established bullpen help.

With the Rangers losing out on the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes to the Giants, it is even more likely that they will be going after Heath hard.  Along with Bell, Mike Adams, and Ryan Ludwick it is very possible that Aaron Harang and Chad Qualls could also have new teams within the next few days.  Jed Hoyer has said that the Padres will make trades before the season is over, and as he said, “I think we should. We don’t have the talent base here that we need 2 have in order to be successful”.  Hopefully he gets back from these imminent deals what the Padres need to solidify their future.


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  1. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    July 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Candi, I agree with you. Id like to own a jersey that isnt a relic. The problem is that a lot of building a team is about timing. Unless we want to buy some bats our bullpen will be aging by the time our current guys develop. These trades need to happen because our farm system is pretty deep in pitching.

  2. Candi Fitzgerald Salenieks via Facebook
    July 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I disagree with keeping Adams….I think we should keep Bell & sign him next year…I think we can get alot more for Adams right now. The only good thing we have is our bullpen. I understand the need for up & coming players, but dismantling the only good thing about our team is discouraging as a fan & I’d like to see the revolving door quit revolving & the Pads keep what is working instead of constantly rebuilding everything.

  3. Gerard Lanois via Facebook
    July 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I agree with you guys about Adams. Definitely the right thing to keep him. The guy is really solid. And moving Bell, like it or not, is probably the best for the team (business-wise). It kills me to say that. He’s been so good to the fans.

  4. Rich Metteer via Facebook
    July 28, 2011 at 12:56 am

    ………. *sigh.

  5. Mary Cook via Facebook
    July 28, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Well that’s just great! What I think is the pads should pay to keep good players so they can win more games so that they’ll have more fans go and pay to watch them win. And then the team will have more money so they won’t have to trade or lose great players who try hard every day! If Bell goes I wish him luck like Adrian but would love him to stay! He’s a tru San Diegan :) please whatever you do keep Deno is an alll around great guy and player! Everyone needs to just be patient and believe in sd! Yeah it’s hard to watch them lose but they are playing close games so they will pull through! Go padres!!!!!!!

  6. Dave Crowell via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Keep Adams… build with him.. pay him. When your boat is sinking you don’t tear apart the hull to make it lighter. Trade Bell for a bat that doesn’t displace Deno. .. on that note.. quit platooning Deno and let him hit right handed pitching already! He had more power last year against RIGHTIES …

  7. Brian Ferguson via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I find that it’s very easy to ‘fall in love’ with the mediocre players on a bad team. I like Heath Bell a lot, and he’s clearly a very good player right now, but we’ve got so many holes on this team that need to be improved before we can contend again. I hate to see Bell, Adams, or even Qualls go, but if we can get a handful of quality guys back…

  8. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Sorry Bob, I’ll try to get more PG. I’m just pretty sick of this. My boycott is going well, all my tickets have been handed off and I have seen a full game in a month. I do cheat and check the articles though, gotta keep something with the team. I just want the $ to suffer. Thank god locals can turn back towards the Bolts now. They are pathetic too but not for flamboyant hatred of their own home town.

  9. Elijah Nicolas via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    It’s pretty sad that even my wife said that we didn’t need him anymore because we haven’t produced enough opportunities for him to produce a save! :/ [2011 Season Ticket Holders]

  10. Mike Miller via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    desparate times, calls for desparate measures.. Bell deserves to be on a team that is in the playoff hunt. sad to say.. cuz im a fan, but, like Gonzales, you just hate to see their talent go for nothing, like they are here in SD. San Diego is a great town, great Padres fans, but until we get proven winners.. this is how its going to be, a stepping stone for good players to go to better teams.

  11. Robert Findley via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I’m really sorry to hear that the Padres are considering trading Bell. This just about seals it with me. I have a baseball fan since I went to games at Lane field with my father. Our family has gone through Lane Field, Westgate Park, San Diego Jack Murphy(now Qualcom) Stadium, and now Petco Park. For the first time, we are getting ready to give up our citizenship in “Padres Nation.”

  12. Chad Loco via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I’m surprised that Adams isn’t the more desired arm.

  13. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Byron – You know I respect your passion but let’s please try to keep the foul language out – thanks.

  14. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Walden? We’d best get a hell of a lot more than that. Although we’d start those prospects well before we should and roll dice on the future of their careers to put a few extra asses in seats. It seems some assholes in our organization know less than the fans…

  15. Christopher Velasco via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    What if Heath Bell gets traded to the Angels for their closer Jordan Walden and do you think is that gonna work and is that a good deal?

  16. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    No, we’ve ruined ourselves to the point where the Bell trade had to happen. Honestly? His weight and style aren’t a good formula for longevity anyways. I’m sad too but holding onto the scraps of nothingness isn’t as productive as starting over.

  17. Dylan Burke via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I am actually optimistic he will be a padre by the end of 2011.

  18. Salvador Barajas via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Can’t wait for the day when we can stop using the sentence “we had to trade him now when his value was the highest” because we aren’t in contention! Eventually draft picks will pan out, those draft will get paid (by us), and we’ll have another number to retire (a deserving one)

  19. Kevin Torres via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    BAD move by the Padres! People still ask why the padres arent as good as in 2005, well maybe because they sell all the good players they have!

  20. Jennifer Clancy via Facebook
    July 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm


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