With free agency underway, the rumors are flying around. Of course, the Boston Red Sox have their fair share of involvement in the rumor mill, as they have been linked to players such as Grady Sizemore and Carlos Beltran.
Now, Heath Bell enters into the mix. The All-Star closer for the San Diego Padres said in an interview with ESPN's Jim Bowden that, while he would prefer to stay in San Diego, he would also love to play for the Boston Red Sox or Philadelphia Phillies.
Bell has been in the league for eight seasons, split between the New York Mets and Padres. In 435 career games, Bell has a record of 28-24 with a 3.06 ERA, 134 saves and 494 strikeouts. Bell has only been a full-time closer for three seasons but has posted 40 or more saves in every year. His best season was in 2010 when he had a career-best 47 saves and a 1.93 ERA. Last season, Bell had a 3-4 record with a 2.44 ERA, 43 saves and 51 strikeouts.