Heath Bell to remain with Padres as deadline passes without Giants deal

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San Francisco claimed Heath Bell off revocable waivers, but every indication was that the Giants were highly unlikely to acquire the impending free agent closer from the Padres and now it’s official.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the 48-hour window to work out a trade has passed without a deal, so Bell will stay in San Diego for the remainder of the season.

It’s unclear how serious the Giants were about actually trading for Bell, but at the very least their claiming him kept other NL teams from potentially picking up the dominant closer.

And now the Padres’ only hope to get something in return for Bell is to offer him arbitration and have the Type A free agent decline before signing elsewhere this winter.