Padres still waiting on Bell

New Padres general manager Josh Byrnes has made his first trade (catcher John Baker) and signed his first free agent (outfielder Mark Kotsay).

What will his next move be?

That likely depends a lot on whether closer Heath Bell accepts or declines the Padres arbitration offer. Here’s an in-depth look at the particulars, but it comes down to this:

– If Bell accepts the Padres offer, the team won’t have as much financial flexibility this winter.

– If Bell declines the offer and signs elsewhere, the team not only gets the two Draft picks it covets but also will have more financial wiggle room this winter.

For now, look for the Padres to sign a Minor League free agent starting pitcher (or two), look for help for the bullpen (even if Bell returns) and help for the bench in the days leading up to the start of the Winter Meetings in Dallas, Dec. 5-8.

– Corey Brock

1 Comment

The Red Sox with the loss of Papelbon should Covet Bell!

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