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Friday, July 28, 2006

Brewers Trade For Bell



From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

The Brewers may be slumping since the All-Star break, but they're apparently not willing to cash in 2006 just yet.

Hours after announcing a blockbuster deal with the Rangers, the Brewers acquired veteran Phillies third baseman David Bell in a move that on one hand signified the team still has hopes of making a run at the National League Wild Card, and on the other meant potentially bad news for banged-up second baseman Rickie Weeks.

"Until someone tells us that we're not in a pennant race, we feel we are," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said.

Headed to Philadelphia is 22-year-old right-hander Wilfrido Laureano, who has been in Milwaukee's Minor League system since 2001, but has not pitched above the Class A level. Bell is a free agent after the season, and the Brewers will have to pay him about $1.6 million over the next two months.

Brewers manager Ned Yost said he expects Bell to serve as the everyday third baseman. Jeff Cirillo will move back to the bench.

"He's a gamer. He plays hard," Phillies GM Pat Gillick said of the 33-year-old Bell. "That's the only way he knows how to play. I think he was somewhat surprised, but reacted in a professional manner. He's going to make every effort to be in Milwaukee [on Saturday] for their game with Cincinnati."

For that to happen, the Brewers will have to make two roster moves to get him onto the 25- and 40-man rosters. The team will likely place Weeks on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist injury that is more serious than previously thought, and will shift shortstop J.J. Hardy to the 60-day DL. Hardy had season-ending surgery on his right ankle last week.

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