Bell to Arizona in Three-Team Deal

by kelly on October 20, 2012

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired closer Heath Bell from the Marlins today in a three-team deal between the D-Backs, Marlins, and Athletics.

The Diamondbacks also sent outfielder Chris Young to Oakland in exchange for Cliff Pennington and Yordy Cabrera, and then flipped Cabrera to the Marlins for Bell. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald broke the news on Twitter.

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Spencer said the Marlins will pay part of the salary owed to Bell.

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Bell, 35, signed with the Marlins as a free agent last winter but quickly fell out of favor when he struggled this season, with a 5.09 ERA in the closer role. The Diamondbacks hope that he can regain his All Star form returning to the N.L. West, as he was a three-time All Star as a member of the San Diego Padres.

We heard just a few days ago that the Diamondbacks were going to be shopping outfielders this winter and Young, 29, was one of the names mentioned as a possible trade candidate. Well he is a member of the Oakland A’s now. He had a career year in 2010 when he made the All Star team and hit 27 home runs, but he has had a couple down seasons since then. He’ll reunite with former manager Bob Melvin in Oakland.

A former first round draft pick, 28-year-old Pennington is a switch hitter who plays above average defense at both shortstop and second base. In 2012, he hit .215 with 6 home runs and 28 RBI. Cabrera is a 22-year-old infielder who the A’s drafted in the second round in 2010. He played in high A-ball last season.

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