Heath ‘BeLoL’ is no more.
When the Miami Marlins had their fire-sale of sorts in the offseason, Heath Bell was one of the players that was on the move. Coming off a year where he lost his job to Steve Cishek, I was simply stunned that any team would take Bell, given his contract. But as we all know by now, the Arizona Diamondbacks really don’t make moves by the book seeing as they traded their best player and best prospect in the same offseason.
With JJ Putz closing, Bell was expected to just become another reliever in the D’Backs’ bullpen. It appeared that the best Bell could hope for would be the seventh-inning guy, considering David Hernandez had a stranglehold on the primary set-up role. However, with an unexpected injury to Putz, Bell is back in the role he is most comfortable with — the closer’s role.
Bell picked up his ninth save season of the year today, defeating the Texas Rangers in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Bell has only blown one save this season, with this being his fifth straight converted opportunity.
If the Diamondbacks are going to contend all season in the competitive National League West, they will need this Heath Bell to lead the way. The return of JJ Putz seems, at best, iffy at this point in time, and reshuffling the bullpen always seems causes major issues. That is why Bell returning to form is so important, because it keeps Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez as the team’s dominant set-up men.
Needless to say, it seems like the all-star Heath Bell is back, while the Marlins’ version is long gone.