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Padres could move Bell, get him back at a discount

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08:12 AM ET 07.28 | The Padres are open for business. While the Rangers and Cardinals led a hard-charging pack Wednesday focused on San Diego relievers Heath Bell and Mike Adams, according to CBSSports.com sources, the Padres' asking price remains high. One club source cautions that the Padres could reach Sunday's trade deadline without having made any deal for Bell, who has made it clear he wants to remain in San Diego and who the Padres think would resign for a discount this winter. That isn't diminishing enthusiasm shown on Wednesday. And there is no reason why the Padres couldn't trade Bell now, get some pieces back and then resign him this winter as a free agent if he'll take such a discount. The Padres have several trade chips that have general manager Jed Hoyer working overtime: Bell, Adams, reliever Chad Qualls, starting pitcher Aaron Harang and outfielder Ryan Ludwick.

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July 28, 2011  08:28 AM ET

Trading him, then hoping he'll re-sign is quite a chance to take.

July 28, 2011  08:32 AM ET

Yeah, good luck with that theory. If you trade for Bell, then you sign him immediately to a longer deal.

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July 28, 2011  08:59 AM ET

So trade him away and hope he doesn't sign a deal with the team that can make it to the playoffs and give him more money. It sounds so stupid that it can WORK.

July 28, 2011  09:17 AM ET
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Team gets him - restructures his deal - signed, sealed and delivered to a new team.......

Yep...the Padres are dreaming if they think they have a chance at re-signing him after the season if they trade him.

Morning all...COJONES!!!

July 28, 2011  11:26 AM ET
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Why would he come back to a non-contender for LESS money? Am I reading this insipid article wrong?

Maybe he like the weather there...go figure.

July 28, 2011  11:34 AM ET

Clearly not a realistic possibility with Mike Adams waiting in the wings as closer anyways.

July 28, 2011  12:08 PM ET
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Yeah, good luck with that theory. If you trade for Bell, then you sign him immediately to a longer deal.

That's not the way it works. Rent A Players are two months away from being FA's. They have the once in a lifetime opportunity to test the market. They rarely sign long term deals after trade deadline deals

 
July 28, 2011  02:15 PM ET

surprised the **** didnt break his leg w his all star stunt

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