Rangers logically should land Bell
At some point in the next 24 hours, the Rangers should complete a trade for Padres reliever Heath Bell.
A deal has not been struck but there is little doubt the two sides have had a number of conversations. The Phillies and the Cardinals were supposedly interested in Bell but they have made other trades to upgrade their teams
The Padres appear to be in a mood to trade. Their general manager Jed Hoyer admitted earlier this week that the Padres don’t have the talent base to win. The Rangers are in a mood to trade. They keep admitting that they have an almost-dire need to upgrade their bullpen.
They are talking to other teams. But what this comes down to is what crown jewels of the farm system – if any – the Rangers are willing to give up for Bell. The Rangers in the past have shown a reluctance – whether it’s dollars or players – to invest heavily in the bullpen. But they do have the resources – possibly a pitcher and middle-of-the-diamond player – to make this deal.
The Padres know that Bell is a big trade chip and aren’t going to give him away the way the Mets did with Francisco Rodriguez. But they are obviously motivated to deal with the Rangers because of their attractive pitching prospects.
It’s not done. But logic suggests it will get done before the Rangers leave Canada