Nationals release Heath Bell

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Washington released veteran reliever Heath Bell, who signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals in December.

Bell showed up to camp in The Best Shape Of His Life and would have earned $1 million for cracking the Opening Day roster, but the 37-year-old former All-Star closer struggled in a handful of appearances.

As recently as 2013 he was a decent middle reliever with a good strikeout rate, so Bell should be able to latch on somewhere else if he wants to keep the comeback attempt going.