The Marlins have sent albatross Heath Bell to Arizona in a 3-way deal that leaves the Fish with $8m of his baggage littering the payroll room and a shiny, new high-A infielder that used to play High School ball in Lakeland.
Bell is gone, as is most of the remaining money on his contract, and we picked up Yordy Cabrera from Oakland. Cabrera is a 22-year-old former second-round pick likely to start off in Jupiter next year.
The troubled saga of Heath Bell and his serial blame game are now Arizona’s problem. I think Bell could be a terrific closer, but he needs to spend the off-season whipping himself into shape, and he needs to refresh his mechanics. I think the worst of his woes as a closer came from his head-high, upright follow-through.