Heath Bell: Trading Rodney helps Padres’ future

SAN DIEGO – Former Padres All-Star pitcher, Heath Bell, thinks it may be in his former team’s best interest to trade their closer before the trade deadline.

“He’s a great guy, he’s a great team player but you’ve got to look toward the future,” said Bell while speaking on The Burns Report podcast. “Is he going to be here the next 3-4 years, probably not. If you can go get a prospect or a draft pick for him, something for the future you’ve got to look at.”

Fernando Rodney is a curious target for a number of contending teams looking for relief help. Through 28 2/3 innings this season, the 39-year-old has allowed only one earned run.

That said, Bell thinks Rodney or first baseman Wil Myers have the best chance at representing the team during the July All-Star game in San Diego.

“If its Rodney or if it’s Wil Myers, I think it’s going to be a huge honor [and] and unbelievable feeling,” said Bell. “I think Wil Myers is definitely a lock for the Padres, though. I think he’s the best Padre out there and I think the Padres could build around Wil and I hope he’s in a Padres uniform for many years to be.”

Myers through 75 games is batting .282 and has driven in 49 runs.

When asked about the team’s headlines regarding Ron Fowler calling this team “miserable failures” and its performance “embarrassing” during a radio interview with the Mighty 1090, Bell didn’t shy away.

“It does hurt you because you go out there and you’re trying to do your best every single game and it does hurt a little bit. But at the end of the day you don’t listen to the news… you just got to go out there and perform.”


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