Heath Bell could be on the move out of SoCal in the coming weeks.
His response was, to say the least, interesting:
“At this point right now, I’m not certain.”
Hoyer also explained that ownership has not directed him to trade Bell and noted that “it’s been a pleasure having him” on the Padres, but clearly his response indicates that Bell will at the very least be the subject of trade discussions, and quite possibly even heavily shopped.
Not surprising, certainly, but when a GM does nothing to shoot down the possibility of a star player being traded within the next few weeks, it means you can bump the odds of it happening up a bit.
In addition to Bell, the Padres are also sure to get an overwhelming of interest in setup man Mike Adams, who might actually have more trade value in some scenarios because he makes about half as much money and is under team control for next season, whereas Bell is an impending free agent.
Bell has said previously that he’d consider giving the Padres a discount to remain in San Diego long-term, but assuming he’s not willing to take a sizable chunk less than what he could easily get on the open market, many baseball personnel expect him to be traded between now and July 31st.
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