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San Francisco Giants claim Heath Bell on waivers from San Diego Padres

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Rumors,

Heath BellWhen the MLB non-waiver trade deadline passes, virtually every player in the league is put on waivers. Most of them go unnoticed as players get through or teams pull players back into the fold. However, reports that the San Francisco Giants have claimed San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell is making headlines all over the blogosphere. The Giants and Padres now have two days to complete a trade, or else Bell will be forced to play out the rest of the season in a Padres uniform.

 

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Heath Bell trade will set market value for league’s relievers

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Trades,

Heath BellHeath Bell looks like one of the most attractive players who may be available at this year’s non-waiver trade deadline. Reports are coming out of most cities saying that team so-and-so has inquired about Bell, but does that mean San Diego Padres GM Jed Hoyer is likely to trade him? Not necessarily. Many GMs will call Hoyer simply to find out the asking price for Bell, many of whom have no interest in actually putting together a deal.

 

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Closer role still a work in progress

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Brian WilsonIn the last few decades, the role of the closer has grown exponentially from guys who had to mop up games that a starter couldn’t finish to pitchers with defined jobs that earn them save stats all their own as well as paychecks with a significant number of zeros. However, despite the prestige the role gets when successful, it’s still very much a work in progress. On average, teams only convert 68 percent of their save opportunities.

 

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Scott Boras to represent Rafael Soriano

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Rafael SorianoScott Boras has signed another one. He inked Rays closer Rafael Soriano to a deal and will represent him as his contract with Tampa Bay comes to a close and he begins to search for a new; and significantly higher-paying deal. As one of the top closers in baseball this year, holding his own with the likes of Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon and Heath Bell, Soriano will demand top dollars from whatever team he winds up with.

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Breaking down San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Heath BellIf there were an award for Closer of the Year, San Diego’s Heath Bell would be a top candidate to take home the National League version of the hardware. Through July 24, Bell has been called upon to close out 31 games for the Padres and has been successful 28 times; averaging seven each month throughout the season. In fact, the last time he couldn’t get the job done was on May 26, when St. Louis touched him up for a run in a game the Padres ended up winning in 13 innings.

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Padres triple threat: Bell, Gregorson and Adams

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Heath BellWhen the San Diego Padres take a lead into the seventh inning, consider that game a victory. With the bullpen trio of Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson and closer Heath Bell, the Padres have a triple-threat of pitchers who could all be trusted to close out games. Manager Bud Black has shown that he’s not afraid to use any of the three in any situation, and the Padres are holding onto a slim lead in the NL West as a result.

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Cardinals Defeat Padres Thanks To Aaron Miles Grand Slam

Posted by Milo Taibi Categories: Athletes, MLB, Scoreboard,

Aaron Miles
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Aaron Miles played unlikely hero as he hit a walk-off grand slam to help his St. Louis Cardinals defeat the San Diego Padres.

“That’s a feeling I wasn’t sure I was going to get to experience, that walk-off homer,” Miles said. “I’ve never done it before, not in the minor leagues or on any field. That’s a great feeling.”

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