Well that happened. Seemed like it was gonna be a nice quiet day and things just exploded around 12:30pm ET and it ended with the Rays having acquired catcher Ryan Hanigan from the Reds and relief pitcher and former closing stud Heath Bell from the D-Backs. It should be noted that the Rays originally drafted Bell in 1997 in the amateur draft. He went unsigned and was eventually signed by the Mets in 1998. Now he's coming to pitch for the team that originally drafted him and is looking for the Rays to work their magic on him and revive his career like they did for Rafael Soriano, Kyle Farnsworth, and Fernando Rodney.
Reaction about the trade among fans seems to be quite mixed. From "love it" and "Andrew Friedman is a genius" to "Heath Bell? RIP 2014 Rays" and "Another older catcher? Why?" What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.
Here's more from across the web:
- ICYMI: Lost in yesterday's trade, the Rays unveiled a project to create a 360 walk around the lower bowl of Tropicana Field. Dubbed "Rays 360", the project will make major alterations to the Batter's Eye Restaurant. [BRaysball Talk]
- Marc Topkin takes a look at the trade, what this means for the payroll and what's next. [The Heater]
- The Process Report takes an in depth look at Heath Bell. [The Process Report]
- Shadow of the Stadium has more on the Trop renovations. [Shadow of the Stadium]
- Yankees appear to be close to signing Kelly Johnson. This on top of reported signing Jacoby Ellsbury yesterday. [Yankees 101]