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Top Josh Bell News

  • Guardians' Josh Bell: Not hitting much in spring

    Bell has gone 2-for-19 (.105) with six strikeouts and a walk over his first seven Cactus League games.

    Bell struck out at just a 15.8 percent rate between the Nationals and the Padres last year, so his lack of contact early in spring is mildly concerning. On the positive side, both of his hits have been for extra bases -- one home run and one double. He's a career .262 hitter with an .810 OPS who averages 25 homers per 162 games, so he should provide some pop while playing regularly as either the designated hitter or first baseman for Cleveland.

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  • Guardians' Josh Bell: Lands with Cleveland

    Bell signed a two-year, $33 million deal with the Guardians on Tuesday, which includes an opt-out after the first season, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    The Guardians won a postseason series last season despite ranking 29th as a team in home runs. Bell theoretically offers the team plenty of additional pop, as he homered 37 times back in 2019 and has topped 25 home runs in two other seasons. He suffered through a bit of a power outage last season, however, clearing the fence just 17 times while splitting time between the Nationals and Padres. He still managed a solid .266/.362/.422 slash line and his 15.8 percent strikeout rate was strong. Assuming he rebounds from the slump he fell into after his midseason move to San Diego, he should offer the Guardians a well-rounded presence in the middle of their lineup

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  • Padres' Josh Bell: Not starting Game 3

    Bell isn't in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against Philadelphia on Friday, AJ Cassavell of reports.

    After going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a Game 2 victory on Wednesday, Bell will get a day off Friday. Brandon Drury will step in as the Padres' designated hitter, allowing Wil Myers to start at first base.

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  • Padres' Josh Bell: Hits solo shot in Game 2

    Bell went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Game 2 of the NLCS on Wednesday afternoon as the Padres defeated the Phillies, 8-5.

    Bell came into Game 2 hitting just 3-for-23 in the postseason with nine strikeouts, but he was able to get back on track Wednesday. Bell's solo homer in the bottom of the second off Aaron Nola helped the Padres come back from a 4-0 deficit and tie the series at 1-1. The 30-year-old DH hit just three home runs across 53 games once he joined the Padres in 2022, but he can atone for his disappointing regular season by continuing to flash his power for the Padres in the NLCS.

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  • Padres' Josh Bell: Not starting Game 4

    Bell will sit for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Bell hit just .192/.316/.271 with three home runs in 53 games following his move to San Diego at the deadline. He does have one homer this postseason but has just three total hits in 20 trips to the plate to go with seven strikeouts. Brandon Drury will be the designated hitter Saturday.

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  • Padres' Josh Bell: On bench again Wednesday

    Bell isn't starting Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Wednesday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Bell is on the bench for a second consecutive game to begin the NLDS after he went 3-for-13 with two RBI during the NL Wild Card Series against the Mets. Brandon Drury will serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup once again.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 240 lbs
Birthplace: Irving, TX
Age: 30
Experience: 6
Bats/Throws: S, R