Heath Bell became the latest player jettisoned by the Miami Marlins when he was dealt Saturday to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also acquired infielder Cliff Pennington from the Oakland for outfielder Chris Young.
Arizona obtained Pennington and minor league infielder Yordy Cabrera from Oakland for Young and cash, then sent Cabrera to the Marlins for Bell. The Marlins will pay $8 million of the remaining $21 million Bell is owed.
Earlier in the day, Arizona exercised a $6.5 million option on former Mariners closer J.J. Putz.
The 35-year-old Bell has 151 saves the past four seasons. He signed a $27 million, three-year contract with Miami last offseason but lost his job as closer in July. He had 19 saves in 27 chances and a 5.09 ERA in 73 games.
After the Marlins failed to contend in the first season in their new ballpark, they traded former National League batting champion Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July and sent pitcher Anibal Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers.
Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said Bell provides a right-handed power arm to help set up Putz and Pennington adds to the team’s experience at shortstop and second base.
Young, Arizona’s center fielder for six seasons, was the odd man out in a crowded outfield with the team expecting young Adam Eaton, called up from Triple-A Reno late this season, to play center and be the Diamondbacks’ leadoff hitter.
Young will be reunited with ex-Seattle manager Bob Melvin, who was his manager in Arizona (2006-09).
“It caught me off guard a little bit, I’m not going to lie,” Young said. “It’s all settled in a couple hours now. I got an opportunity to talked to (Oakland GM) Billy (Beane) and got to talk to BoMel. I’m excited to help. It’s a new opportunity, a fresh start for me personally.”
Yankees ace CC Sabathia, whose pitching elbow inflammation landed him on the disabled list in August, will have his left elbow examined.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test showed a bone spur in the left elbow and the Yankees think he has had it since he pitched for the Cleveland Indians from 2001-08.
“Yeah, you have to be concerned, because like I’ve said, I’ve never had any problems with the elbow before,” Sabathia said.
Also Saturday, New York shortstop Derek Jeter had surgery to repair a broken left ankle. The Yankees said complete recovery for their 38-year-old captain is expected to take four to five months.
WILSON ON MEND
Giants pitcher Brian Wilson delivered 30 light tosses in his first throwing session since having Tommy John surgery April 19, exactly six months ago. He said he is on schedule to be 100 percent healthy by spring training.