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Rays believe they can fix Bell

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07:31 AM ET 12.05 | As far as offseason deals go, the Rays appeared to have taken a step forward with catcher Ryan Hanigan and late-inning reliever Heath Bell. "Great job," manager Joe Maddon said. ... Bell seems the bigger project, as he failed miserably with the Marlins in 2012 and posted only slightly less worse numbers last season in Arizona. But the Rays see things -- or, at least, see things differently. Especially in veteran relievers. So just as when they somewhat surprisingly signed Fernando Rodney and Kyle Farnsworth, they sound more than cautiously optimistic that Bell, too, can be rebuilt. "It's more about the ingredients he has in place," executive vice president Andrew Friedman said. "His stuff is virtually as good as when he was a dominant closer with the Padres (2009-11).

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December 5, 2013  08:12 AM ET

Great if the stuff is there, but does he have his control?
Keith Foulke didn't really lose his stuff when his career fell apart, he just couldn't put the ball exactly where he wanted to anymore. Admittedly, Foulke was a pitcher who was completely dependent upon pinpoint control.

December 5, 2013  08:42 AM ET

His WHIP the past 2 yrs has risen dramatically for a closer.

December 5, 2013  09:10 AM ET

They also might look at Axford who the Cards did not tender a contract to as a closer , but it might be to costly for the Rays.

December 5, 2013  09:11 AM ET

He'll be fine, the stuff in Miami was just the pressure of signing that big contract. Joe Madden is the perfect guy to get Bell righted.

December 5, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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They're probably right.

they were able to fix their current free agent closer,,my guess maddon will straight him up!!

December 5, 2013  12:47 PM ET

It's all in The Head, once the plate starts moving,it's like throwing at Moving Ducks!

 
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