March 21, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Geoff Blum (27) singles in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE
The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired third baseman Josh Bell from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash. Bell is in his third year and has show meager offensive production, batting only .200 in his two years.
The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired third baseman Josh Bell from the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, sending cash to Baltimore in exchange for the young player. Bell is in his third year in the league, having originally been drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2005 amateur draft.
He was traded to the Orioles in 2009 and made his debut in the majors the following year, playing 53 games in total and batting only .214. The following year saw a decline in all of his numbers, as he played only 26 games and batted .164, as well as seeing his RBI production decline from 12 to six. He has struggled with adapting to the MLB strike zone, as demonstrated by his career OBP of .221. With Diamondbacks infielder Geoff Blum going on the DL with a left oblique strain, Arizona was likely looking for a little more depth at third base.