Less than three weeks ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed nine players to minor league contracts. Of the group, former top prospect and third baseman Josh Bell was signed with an invite to Spring Training.
Bell, 27, was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 2009 in exchange for left-handed reliever George Sherill and has had stints with the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks. However, according to Dan of MyKBO, it sounds like Bell won’t be around anymore:
Josh Bell played in the Yankees organization in 2013 and signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers in Dec. Will now be an LG Twin.
— Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) January 5, 2014
As the Dodgers roster currently stands, Juan Uribe is the only true third baseman and with a good performance at Camelback Ranch, there might’ve been a spot for Bell on the squad. The Dodgers bench is one of the main concerns moving forward as Dee Gordon, Tim Federowicz, Scott Van Slyke and one of the extra outfielders are pegged as the reserves.
It’s been relatively quiet for the Dodgers in the last week or so as there are certainly more holes to fill up and down the roster. Losing Bell might prompt GM Ned Colletti to continue to search for a possible reserve infielder that’s capable of spelling Uribe often.
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