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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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Aaron Harang working deal with San Diego Padres

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

Aaron HarangThe San Diego Padres have begun to retool after having their starting rotation decimated. They lost Jon Garland and Kevin Correia, who combined for 24 wins last year, and also saw Chris Young leave the team, who was injured for most of the season, but who also has the potential to be an excellent pitcher in the middle of a rotation. Reports are surfacing that the Padres have inked former Cincinnati Reds starter Aaron Harang to a one-year deal worth $3 million.
 

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Sources say Adrian Gonzalez traded to the Boston Red Sox

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, MLB, News, Trades,

Adrian Gonzalez Reportedly, San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will be going to the Boston Red Sox in a trade that would bring back minor league prospects to the Padres. Gonzalez, an All-Star and Gold Glove winner, has long been coveted by Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, who has attempted to trade for Gonzalez previously. Gonzalez will instantly move to the middle of the line-up and should be a big-time run producer because of his ability to go yard, draw walks and get on base, and hit for a hgh batting average. Removing himself from the cavernous depths of Petco Park to the cozy confines of Fenway should increase his statistics to some significant degree.

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Matt Bush’s career fizzling out before it begins

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Matt BushWhen the San Diego Padres selected Matt Bush first overall in the 2004 Amateur Draft, they were probably hoping to get a little more out of him when they signed him including a $3.15 MM signing bonus. Instead, they got a guy whose career highlights may include memories that end with his high school team. Bush was let go by the Padres in 2007, was picked up in February 2009 by the Blue Jays and released less than two months later before joining the Rays in 2010. He has never made it past High-A ball.

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The Dog Days of September In MLB

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: MLB,

Cliff LeeIf the playoffs were to begin tomorrow, the eight teams that will have earned the postseason berths would make for some interesting divisional series. The Dog Days of August seem to have carried over into September for baseball’s leaders as half of them seem to have hit a wall. Of all the playoff leaders, only the Minnesota Twins have a current winning streak of more than a single game. For the final three weeks of the season, teams are putting a lot of extra pressure on themselves right now.

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Tim Lincecum starts fresh September with masterful performance

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Tim LincecumTim Lincecum rebounded from an 0-5 August by pitching one of his best games of the season against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Lincecum was masterful in leading his team to a tight, 2-1 victory to help improve their place in the standings, and he did so against one of 2010’s best starting pitchers, Ubaldo Jimenez. A pitchers duel unfolded at AT&T Park that ended with The Freak showing why he’s a two-time defending Cy Young Award winner.

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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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