Heath Bell RP WAS 11 Months

Orioles signed RHP Heath Bell to a minor league contract.

The veteran right-hander was given the boot from the Rays after posting a 7.27 ERA over his first 13 relief appearances. He'll function as additional bullpen depth for the Orioles, and should work his way into the big league bullpen before too long.

Heath Bell RP WAS 11 Months

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Orioles and Mariners are two of four teams that have shown "serious interest" in Heath Bell.

Cotillo says that Bell is evaluating offers from the four clubs and trying to determine where would be the best fit for him. He's expected to sign somewhere within the next few days. Bell was released by the Rays over the weekend after putting up a 7.27 ERA over 13 appearances.

Heath Bell RP WAS 11 Months

Rays released RHP Heath Bell.

Bell had been designated for assignment a week ago and obviously had no problem clearing waivers considering his contract. Given that he can be signed for the veteran minimum now, he won't have trouble finding a job in spite of a 4.91 ERA since the beginning of the 2012 season.

Heath Bell RP WAS 11 Months

Rays designated RHP Heath Bell for assignment.

Bell surrendered three runs on three hits and a walk in Saturday's loss to the Yankees, and that was evidently the final straw. The big right-hander put up a 7.27 ERA over 13 appearances for the Rays. No one will touch Bell on waivers due to his salary, but he won't have trouble getting a shot somewhere once he becomes a free agent.

Heath Bell RP WAS 11 Months

Heath Bell was pounded for five runs by the Twins in 1 2/3 innings of relief on Thursday.

It's a good thing the Rays signed Grant Balfour because Bell may well have gotten a chance to close otherwise. He's given up 11 earned runs in his last six appearances, and he's currently sporting an 8.25 ERA.

Heath Bell RP WAS Sep 13 '79

Rays acquired RHP Heath Bell and cash considerations from the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade.

The Rays will only be responsible for $5.5 million of Bell's $9 million salary for 2014, as the Diamondbacks and Marlins will pay the rest. It will be interesting to see if the Rays give him a chance at the closer role, as his $9 million option for 2015 vests with 55 games finished in 2014. The 36-year-old had some issues with the home run ball this past season, but made improvements with his strikeout and walk rates. Given the Rays' success with previous reclamation projects, he will be an interesting name to watch in fantasy leagues.

Heath Bell RP WAS Sep 13 '79

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rays will acquire Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks.

Heath Bell RP WAS Jun 09 '79

Heath Bell gave up two homers and three runs in his inning of relief Wednesday against the Padres.

Bell didn't take a blown save or a loss, but he did put the game pretty much out of reach, entering a 2-1 game in the eighth and leaving with the score 5-1. Any chance of him replacing Brad Ziegler as closer is likely gone now.

Heath Bell RP WAS Jun 06 '79

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, reliever Heath Bell was recently placed on revocable waivers.

It's a common thing this time of year and doesn't mean a transaction is coming. Bell has a 3.88 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 62/13 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings this season -- pretty good numbers considering how often he's been hit hard. The 35-year-old has yielded 10 home runs.

Heath Bell RP WAS Jun 05 '79

Heath Bell surrendered two runs in the eighth inning Saturday night against the Phillies.

Bell gave up a one-out single to Carlos Ruiz and a two-run homer to Darin Ruf -- allowing the Phillies to tie the game 7-7. Bell has allowed 10 home runs this year.