Diamondbacks Get Bell From Marlins, Pennington From Athletics

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired reliever Heath Bell from the Miami Marlins and infielder Cliff Pennington from the Oakland Athletics.

The Diamondbacks also got Pennington and minor league infielder Yordy Cabrera from Oakland for outfielder Chris Young and $500,000, and then sent Cabrera to the Marlins for Bell.

“We’ve addressed two needs today,” Arizona General Manager Kevin Towers said, according to MLB.com. “We knew we had an abundance of outfielders, and we wanted to add another strong arm in the pen, and we wanted to add some depth to the middle of the infield.”

Arizona also exercised a $6.5 million option on closer J.J. Putz, the Major League Baseball team said. Putz (1-5) had 32 saves last year in 57 games pitched.

Bell, who signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Marlins, eventually lost his closer’s job in Miami, finishing the season with 19 saves and a 5.09 earned run average in 73 appearances.

“In my mind, as well as I know him, since the velocity is still good and he’s still got the good rotation on the breaking ball, I think changing scenery and getting back into hopefully a comfortable environment for him, I think he’ll be strong,” said Tower who acquired Bell for the San Diego Padres when he was general manager in 2006, according to MLB.com.

Bell’s contract calls for $9 million in 2013 and 2014, and his $9 million option for 2015 is guaranteed if he finishes 55 games in 2014 or combines to finish 100 games between 2013-14, MLB.com said.

Pennington, 28, who can help with the shortstop position since Stephen Drew left, hit .215 in 462 plate appearances last year.

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