PHOENIX — The D-backs wasted little time getting busy this offseason as they acquired relief pitcher Heath Bell and shortstop Cliff Pennington in a pair trades with the Marlin and A’s on Saturday.
To acquire Pennington and infield prospect Yordy Cabrera, the D-backs sent outfielder Chris Young and cash considerations to the A’s.
Arizona then sent Cabrera to the Marlins for Bell. The D-backs also received cash from the Marlins in the trade.
Cabrera, 22, spent the 2012 season with Stockton of the Class A California League where he hit .232 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 60 games.
Bell reunites with D-backs executive vice president and general manager Kevin Towers, who acquired Bell in December 2006 when Towers was the GM of the Padres. Bell had his best years with the Padres, saving 42, 47 and 43 games from 2009-11.
The 35-year-old parlayed that success into a three-year, $27 million free-agent deal with the Marlins this past offseason.
Bell struggled from the outset in Miami, lost his closer’s job and ultimately finished the season with 5.09 ERA and 19 saves in 73 appearances. He also had a public falling out with Miami manager Ozzie Guillen in September.
Bell’s contract calls for salaries of $9 million in 2013 and ’14, and his $9 million option for ’15 becomes guaranteed if he finishes 55 games in ’14 or combines to finish 100 games between ’13-14.
After Bell’s issue with Guillen, it was widely believed the Marlins would find a way to deal the reliever during the offseason — even if they had to eat some of the money he was owed.