Ryan Raburn had a rough 2014 season, hitting .200 while spending lots of time on the disabled list, so naturally now he’s in The Best Shape Of His Life:
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Veteran relief pitcher Heath Bell agreed to a minor league contract with the Nationals on December 22 and has spent the final two months of the offseason on a strict diet and workout program, dropping nearly 40 pounds from his typical playing weight of 250.
Bell is now in … The Best Shape Of His Life.
MLB.com’s Jamal Collier has the story …
Bell was one of the early Nationals to arrive Wednesday, a day before the club’s pitchers and catchers were set to report, and he tossed batting practice to two of his sons in the cages. He was noticeably thinner, prompting someone nearby to say, “I honestly had no idea that was Heath Bell.”
Bell’s minor league contract with the Nats will pay him $1 million while he’s in the majors. The 37-year-old right-hander surrendered 16 runs — 14 earned — in 17 1/3 innings of relief last season with the Rays.
After posting a 2.82 ERA in his first three seasons Rockies reliever Rex Brothers struggled last year with a 5.59 ERA, so naturally now he’s in The Best Shape Of His Life: