Heath Bell has struggled in 2013, but his numbers actually haven’t been that bad while with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In fact, this is the closest that Bell has come to his 2010 dominance when he nailed home a career-high 47 saves. Folks in Arizona have grown tiresome of Bell giving up the long ball as the Diamondbacks’ reliever has surrendered a ridiculous 10 home runs in just 55 and 2/3 innings.
To put that statistic in perspective; in nine previous seasons at MLB level Bell has averaged a mere 3.8 home runs allowed per year!
Aside from getting pelted with home runs, Bell has turned in a rather impressive season in 2013 as his 3.88 ERA is actually one of the best such marks in the D-Backs bullpen. However, Arizona appears to be slipping out of the standings more and more each day, with the Los Angeles Dodgers currently enjoying a 9.5 game lead in the NL West.
With a less-than-stellar second half of the season, Arizona really needs to sell what they can and Bell might be of interest to a playoff team without a solid bullpen. Case and point; the Dodgers even acquired Brian Wilson last month after he hadn’t even thrown a baseball in over a year and a half!
At the end of the day, I don’t see any MLB team dealing for Bell as the last thing that a postseason-bound team needs is a reliever who allows one home run every five innings or so.