clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Yankees Trade Rumors: Padres' Closer Heath Bell On New York's Radar

On Saturday, the New York Yankees missed out on starting pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and Hiroki Kuroda. The failed acquisitions made a lot of fans scratch their head and wonder where their team was going to find pitching help. Well, come Sunday morning it looks like the Yankees have switched their focus to the bullpen.

According to's Jon Heyman, New York is one of the teams interested in inquiring San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell. Now, this would be on interesting move if New York decide to make it. In the last three years, Bell has been one of the top closers in Major League Baseball and if the Yankees want to shorten games for their average starting pitchers this would be the best move.

However, one has to ask: If they Yankees wouldn't send some of their top prospects to Colorado, then why send them to San Diego for a pitcher who tosses just one inning per game? Many of us understand that if you're starting pitching is average then you try to shorten the game as much as possible -- and Robertson in the seventh and Soriano/Bell in the eighth inning, is as sure as Mariano Rivera in the ninth. But, it's hard to imagine that unless the deal is right, then these talks for Bell are just that.

As the day progress, check back to SB Nation New York for all your Yankee trade rumors news.