Here are some of the minor moves that happened today in baseball:
- The Washington Nationals have released right-handed relief pitcher Heath Bell, sources have told Chris Cotillo of SB Nation’s MLB Daily Dish. The 37-year-old right-hander would of made a base salary of $1 million if he had made the big league team out of spring training. During the 2014 campaign, Bell bounced around from team to team, never finding a real home. Bell never seemed to get a handle in the major leagues, recording a 7.27 ERA in 17 and 1/3 innings pitched before being released in early May. He spent the remainder of the 2014 season at the Triple-A level for the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees, pitching to a miserable 5.51 ERA.
- The Texas Rangers have released left-handed relief pitcher Joe Beimel, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The 37-year-old left-hander would of been paid $1.5 million if he were on the Rangers’ opening day roster next month. Beimel did not have an eventful spring with Texas, allowing fourteen runs (eleven earned) over just three innings pitched. Last season with the Seattle Mariners, he pitched to a 2.20 ERA, along with a 166 ERA+ and a 5.0 K/9, over 45 innings pitched out of the bullpen.
- In addition to other moves by the team, the Cincinnati Reds announced that they have released left-handed relief pitcher Jose Mijares. The 30-year-old southpaw made five appearances out of the bullpen this spring, posting a 5.06 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP, while striking out four batters and walking one batter.
- The Reds also traded away infielder Neftali Soto to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for cash considerations, the team announced. The 26-year-old infielder posted a .274/.322/.447 slash line and 107 homers over 3315 career plate appearances in the minor leagues, including a 3-for-42 bout in the major leagues since 2013.