Corey Brock of MLB.com reports on Heath Bell's arbitration avoiding one-year contract. His raise from $1.255 million last season to $4 million in 2010 is an increase of 219 percent, however, as Brock speculated earlier in the month, he could have received $5 million in arbitration.
The 32-year old righty continued his success since arriving in San Diego locking down 42 games to lead the National League despite San Diego's poor season. He chalked up 6 wins against four losses in 68 appearances. He was dealt with Royce Ring to San Diego after the 2006 season by the New York Mets in exchange for Ben Johnson and Jon Adkins.
The subject of many trade rumors this off-season, the most recent of which suggested the Cubs were hoping to add him, Bell stays in San Diego on a reasonable deal in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The Padres have expressed a reluctance to deal Bell unless they are overwhelmed.
Bell's signing reduces the number of arbitration eligible players to 132. San Diego's two remaining arbitration eligible players (Mike Adams and Kevin Kouzmanoff) have until today to file. Please visit the salary arbitration page for more information
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