Trevor Bell logged 95 innings for the Angels between 2010 and 2011, posting a decent 4.25 ERA and 62/31 K/BB ratio, but the 2005 first-round pick fell apart at Triple-A this season and yesterday he was released.
Bell is still just 25 years old, so the fact that he cleared waivers without being claimed shows how far his stock has fallen in a short time. And rightfully so, as he made 10 starts at Triple-A with an 8.27 ERA, more walks (24) than strikeouts (19), and seven homers allowed in 37 innings.
He should have no trouble securing a minor-league contract somewhere, but will have to work his way back to the majors without a 40-man roster spot and there’s reason to wonder if Bell is healthy after some past shoulder problems.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.