Bell could be O's future at third base
Updated: October 22, 2009, 12:54 PM ETBy Jason Grey
The Erik Bedard trade is the gift that keeps on giving for the Baltimore Orioles. Not only did they get Adam Jones and Chris Tillman, among others, but they also got a season and a half of George Sherrill as a closer before spinning him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deadline deal that netted them third baseman Josh Bell. And based on what I've seen, Bell is going to be a starting third baseman in the big leagues. Bell -- a fourth-round pick in 2005 out of a Florida high school -- just put together his best season as a pro. Prior to this year, in just more than 1,000 at-bats in the minors, all at the Class A level or below, he had put up solid numbers, hitting .287 and slugging .462. However, he passed the Double-A test this year, hitting .295 with 20 homers and 35 doubles, slugging .516, and posting a .376 on-base percentage.
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