Heath Bell never got an offer from the Padres

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Not that it would have mattered considering the Marlins’ willingness to throw around money, but Heath Bell revealed yesterday that he never got an offer of any kind from the Padres.

During his introductory Marlins press conference Bell repeated his season-long stance that he “really wanted to stay in San Diego for me, the family and the kids.” However, according to the closer the Padres stopped all negotiations “two days after the trading deadline.”

Bell also said that he “never had a conversation” with new general manager Josh Byrnes after Jed Hoyer left to take the Cubs job.

Ultimately it was a moot point, because the Padres were never going to offer anything close to three years and $27 million, but the lack of communication seems odd.

The Red Sox seem content to let Craig Kimbrel sign elsewhere

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LAS VEGAS — Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski strongly signaled that the team was unlikely to re-sign Craig Kimbrel, telling the assembled Boston media contingent that, “we’re not looking to make a per se big expenditure in that area.” Referring to the bullpen.

Kimbrel, who saved 42 games for the World Series champs, was recently reported to be seeking a six-year contract. I doubt he gets that, but he’ll get a pretty big deal nonetheless, and the Sox obviously feel like they can manage with a cheaper option in the back of the bullpen.