(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
The shuffling and re-shuffling of the middle relief deck has been a constant for the Yankees this year. Early injuries to the starters, some DL stints at the front end of the ‘pen, and a lot of really poor performances have combined to create a rotation of mostly mediocre characters through the last 2 spots and the Yanks are very much still in search of a couple of reliable options. They’ve got rookie Jose Ramirez in one spot for the moment and the recently-acquired David Huff in the other. You’ll remember him from his tandem starter duties with Phil Hughes last season.
Another move Cash made to add some organizational depth was signing Heath Bell to a MiL deal last Friday. Bell was released by the Rays earlier in the season after putting up a 7.27 ERA in 17.1 IP and most recently he had been pitching some OK ball for the Baltimore Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate (4.22/3.24 in 10.2 IP). He’s been on an accelerated downtrend for the last few seasons, so is there any reason to think he might have something offer the Yankee bullpen? Continue reading Can Heath Bell Be Of Any Value?