Unsuccessful in their attempts to trade closer Heath Bell before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, the Marlins wasted no time after season's end to renew their efforts. Saturday, the Marlins sent Bell and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In exchange, they acquired minor league third baseman Yordy Cabrera from the Oakland Athletics. The three-team deal also has Diamondbacks outfielder Chris Young going to the Athletics and infielder Cliff Pennington heading to Arizona. Bell was part of a $191 million free agent spending spree less than a year ago. Coming off three consecutive seasons of 40-plus saves for the Padres, Bell was a massive disappointment in Miami. He blew eight of 27 save opportunities and ultimately lost the ninth inning to Steve Cishek. In addition, he became persona non grata in the clubhouse for what coaches and teammates considered excuse-making. Whether Bell meant to or not at various points throughout the season he made comments interpreted as critical of everyone from the training staff to his catchers to manager Ozzie Guillen to the editors on the show The Franchise. Bell addressed the media for the final time in Atlanta on Sept. 25 to explain his radio comments about Guillen. At that point he said he did not want to be traded and blamed the media for consistently twisting his words to make him look bad.
Marlins trade Bell to Arizona in three-team deal
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