In what was a rather quick and unexpected chain of events, the Miami Marlins managed to trade former All-Star closer Heath Bell to the Arizona Diamondbacks as a part of a three team trade involving the Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Oakland Athletics.
The Arizona Diamondbacks received CL Heath Bell, along with cash from the Marlins and INF Cliff Pennington from the Athletics. The Oakland Athletics received CF Chris Young from the Diamondbacks. The Miami Marlins received Oakland Athletics 3B prospect, Yordy Cabrera.
During a disastrous 2012 season, Heath Bell posted a 5.09 ERA and eventually lost his closing role to Steve Cishek after proving to be incapable of closing out games. However, that wasn’t the only thing Heath Bell did to wear out his welcome in Miami. Numerous reports came out during the season with quotes from Bell putting the blaming his failures on Ozzie Guillen, the pitching staff, or his teammates. Speculation has been growing that the Marlins would try to trade Heath Bell and his contract to a team this off season, but there hasn’t been much trade talk or rumors out there specifying that a trade was in the works. Apparently the Diamondbacks saw a match.
The Marlins received 3B Yordy Cabrera, who was once highly regarded in the 2010 draft and was selected in the 2nd round by Oakland. Last year Cabrera only hit .232 to go along with a .293 OBP. While his stats in the minor leagues are dismal, he has the potential to be a quality major league player.
The feeling I get from seeing people’s responses to the Heath Bell trade is that they are more satisfied that he is no longer with the team than acquiring Cabrera. How could you blame them?
Heath Bell has to be one of the biggest free agency bust in Marlins history after signing a three year, $27 million dollar deal last December. Between his production and comments during his time in Miami he quickly purchased himself a one way ticket out of town.
This is probably only the beginning of a “retooling” in Miami. Other high dollar players who may be in trades this off-season could be: Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, and John Buck.
While Yordy Cabrera might not develop into a quality major league player, or even a everyday big league player, you can’t help but to feel relieved that Heath Bell will no longer be pitching for your Miami Marlins.