June 4, 2010

Should the Yankees target Heath Bell this trade deadline?

The Yankees have already expressed their plans this trading season. One, to replace Nick Johnson, might already be complete with Jorge Posada’s altered role. The other, bullpen help, hasn’t been touched as far as we know.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark informs us Padres are still shopping closer Heath Bell. Bell is having another stellar season in 2010, posting a 1.13 ERA with 14 saves. Not a bad follow-up performance so far after leading the NL in saves last year.

Bell is also cheap ($4 million) and is on a one-year deal. Plus, the Yankees would be compensated with a high draft pick if Bell signs with another team and the Yanks offer him arbitration.

**WEBSITE CHANGE** I just added a “Trade Rumors” link at the top of the site. Like it or not, there will be a lot of rumblings of trades in the next two months. I will do my best to decipher which ones are rumors and which are realistic.

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