Heath Bell

Heath Bell to earn a base salary of $1 million with Nationals

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The Nationals signed reliever Heath Bell to a minor league deal on Monday. His contract details are now known, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports: Bell will earn a base salary of $1 million and can earn an additional $1 million in incentives.

Bell, 37, has had a miserable three years since leaving the Padres. Over 146 2/3 innings, the right-hander has a 4.91 ERA with a 143/53 K/BB ratio. According to FanGraphs, his average fastball velocity is down to 91.4 MPH compared to 93.2 in 2013.

Nationals sign Heath Bell

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Heath Bell, who got knocked around for the Rays to begin this year and then spent most of the season at Triple-A for the Yankees’ affiliate, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals.

Bell was an All-Star closer as recently as 2011 and struck out 72 batters in 66 innings in 2013, but he was a mess for Tampa Bay this year and wasn’t any better in the minors.

At age 37 he looks done, but on a minor-league contract there’s no risk involved for the Nationals and perhaps Bell still has another 50 decent innings in him as a middle reliever.

Yankees release Heath Bell

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Heath Bell signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on June 13, but after five unimpressive appearances at Triple-A they’ve released the 36-year-old reliever.

Bell was previously released from Triple-A by the Orioles, who signed him to a minor-league deal after he was cut from the Rays’ big-league team. Overall this season he has a 5.40 ERA in 17 innings at Triple-A and a 7.27 ERA in 17 innings as a big leaguer.

Also of note: Bell is still being paid $9 million this season as part of his original $27 million contract with the Marlins, who dumped him on the Rays in December while agreeing to cover about half of that money.