(Phoenix) — A three-team trade between the Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Oakland Athletics has been agreed upon. Closer Heath Bell will be sent to Arizona as well as outfielder Cliff Pennington, and Oakland gets outfielder Chris Young. The Marlins will also acquire prospect Yorby Cabrera.
Bell becomes the latest player traded away from the Marlins. An All-Star in 2011, Bell struggled mightily with the Marlins after signing a three-year deal worth $27 million. In 2012, he went 4-5 with a 5.09 ERA along with eight blown saves. He’ll now be part of a talented Arizona bullpen. The Diamondbacks will cover $13 million of Bell’s remaining $21 million on his contract.
Pennington has spent all five of his Major League career with the Athletics. In 2012, Pennington hit .215 with six home runs and 28 RBIs.The team is hoping her turns into an everyday shortstop.
Young spent his first seven seasons with the Diamondbacks. In 2012, he hit .231 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 101 games.
“I really like our outfield,” A’s general manager Billy Beane said. “Everybody knows how important this guy is to the team and also has the benefit of being a personal favorite of mine.”
Beane has also said he wants to retain as much of the 2012 club as possible as opposed to years past when they’ve traded away some of their best players.
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