Report: Giants claim Padres closer Heath Bell

Report: Giants claim Padres closer Heath Bell
August 24, 2011, 5:31 pm
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Aug. 24, 2011

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CSNBayArea.com staff

The Giants have claimed Padres reliever Heath Bell, according to a report from ESPN's Buster Olney.

He posted the following message on Twitter at approximately 10:30 a.m.:
"As expected, Giants are the team that was awarded the claim on Bell. Whether the GiantsSD can make a deal could depend on Wilson concern"

Bell was placed on waiver Monday by San Diego and it was rumored that Arizona GM Kevin Towers was interested in the burly right-hander.

San Diego could pull back Bell off waivers unless it's satisfied with the compensation. The Padres would get compensatory draft picks for Bell ifwhen he leaves as a free agent following this season.

San Diego has 48 hours to decide whether to trade Bell, allow him to be claimed, or pull him back from waivers.

The three-time All-Star has saved 35 games in 39 opportunities in 2011, posting a 2.55 ERA. Bell has 126 career saves.