Last night was a good night to stink because so much other stuff was happening. This is especially true if your team won. And it’s especially true if the stat that says you stink — blown save — was given to another guy. But don’t think you got away with this, Heath Bell, we were watching. You screwed up again.
Bell was called into the ninth inning of the Marlins-Giants game with his team on top 2-0. He then allowed two runs on three hits while failing to record an out. He was bailed out of the blown save when Ozzie Guillen put in Steve Cishek to try to clean up Bell’s mess, but the Giants tying the game in the ninth was really Bell’s doing. Giancarlo Stanton’s 10th inning homer salvaged things.
Bell now has an 11.74 ERA, has allowed 13 hits in seven and two-thirds innings and has blown four saves. Lesser struggles caused Ozzie Guillen to move Jose Reyes down in the lineup. Will he do something about the Marlins’ closer situation now?
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.