Heath Bell was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays. Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Heath Bell Cut by the Tampa Bay Rays


Former Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Heath Bell was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays. Bell was traded to Tampa by the D’backs along with Minor League pitcher David Holmberg for Minor League outfielder Todd Glaesmann who has since retired. The Rays also received catcher Ryan Hanigan from the Cincinnati Reds.

In 13 appearances covering 17 1/3 innings, the 36-year old Bell was 1-1 with a 7.27 ERA. He allowed 24 hits and 9 walks while striking out 12. In his next-to-last game with Tampa, he pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and got the victory as the Rays defeated the Yankees 10-5 in 14 innings. In his one season with the D’backs, Bell converted 15 of 19 save opportunities but was never a fan favorite. For the Snakes, he was 5-2 with a 4.11 ERA in 69 games.  In 65 2/3 innings, he allowed 74 hits and 17 walks while striking out 72. Perhaps he was booed often because he surrendered 12 home runs, a pretty significant number  for the amount of frames worked.

Assuming Bell clears waivers and signs with another team, he will be collecting paychecks from four different teams: the D’backs, the Rays, the Miami Marlins and his new club.

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