Report: Nationals add Bell on Minor League deal

The Nationals have signed veteran reliever Heath Bell to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

Bell, 37, appeared in 13 games this year with the Rays, his 11th season in the big leagues. The right-hander has a career 3.49 ERA and 168 saves. He has pitched for four different teams — Padres, Marlins, D-backs, Rays — over the last four seasons.

Bell struggled in his limited appearances in 2014, allowing 14 earned runs over 17 1/3 innings. It was the first year since 2008 in which he did not record a save. He was a three-time All-Star with the Padres from 2009-11.

Pitchers and catchers report to Nationals Spring Training on Feb. 19.

–Austin Laymance

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