One day after getting released by the Nationals, 37-year-old veteran reliever Heath Bell has decided to call it a career. The right-hander retired on Tuesday after 11 major league seasons.
After playing as a second baseman down the stretch of the 2014 season with the Nationals, it appeared Asdrubal Cabrera may have found his future MLB home.
2014 record: 77-85, 4th place in AL East
Manager: Kevin Cash, 1st season
Estimated 2015 payroll: $75 million
The immediate reaction to Wednesday night's trade — the Nationals sent All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for journeyman infielder Yunel Escobar — was fairly passionate.