According to a source, the Yankees have signed third baseman Josh Bell to a minor league deal. While the move has not been announced by the team, Bell will most likely report to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Bell, 26, was released by the White Sox on May 7th after appearing in fifteen games for AAA Charlotte to start the season. In 55 at-bats, he hit .273 with 4 RBI.
A fourth round pick of the Dodgers in the 2005 draft, Bell spent five seasons as a top prospect in the Dodgers' system before being traded to the Orioles in 2009. After spending a year with AA Norfolk, Bell was called up to the majors in July 2010, and appeared in 53 games for the Orioles that season. He appeared in 26 games for Baltimore in 2011 before he was traded to the Diamondbacks in April 2012. After splitting the season between Arizona and AAA Reno, he became a minor league free agent and signed with the White Sox in January.
After spending his minor league career as a top prospect for the Dodgers and Orioles, Bell's major league career has been a disappointment. In 100 career games with the Orioles (2010-2011) and Diamondbacks (2012), he has posted a .195 average with 4 HR and 22 RBI.
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