In somewhat of a surprise move, the Arizona Diamondbacks made a trade for closer, Heath Bell of the Miami Marlins in exchange for their center fielder, Chris Young. Young will actually head to Oakland, who gave up infielder Cliff Pennington to the D’backs. Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said Bell provides a right-handed power arm to help set up Putz and Pennington adds experience at shortstop and second base. Towers, who was general manager in San Diego when Bell was the setup man for Trevor Hoffman, believes the pitcher will benefit from a return to the NL West. ”I think he’s excited to kind of be able to clean the slate,” Towers said.
Chris Young had been the center fielder in Arizona for six seasons, but his consistent falling short of expectations led to grumbling from the fans and the front office as well. Young will get the chance to play for his former Diamondbacks manager, Bob Melvin, who now coaches the Oakland Athletics. ”It caught me off guard a little bit, I’m not going to lie,” Young said. “It’s all settled in a couple hours now. I got an opportunity to talked to Billy (Beane) and got to talk to BoMel. I’m excited to help. It’s a new opportunity, a fresh start for me personally.”
The trade for Young now has many speculating as to the future of current Athletics’ center fielder, Coco Crisp. Crisp, a popular player with the fans appears to be next up on the trading block. Oakland GM, Billy Beane, however, said he plans to keep Crisp, though he realized there would be speculation otherwise. ” I really like our outfield,” Beane said. “Everybody knows how important this guy is to this team and also has the benefit of being a personal favorite of mine.”