Bell, Padres agree to one-year deal

Updated: January 20, 2009, 10:20 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Heath Bell, who will replace Trevor Hoffman as the San Diego Padres' closer, avoided salary arbitration Tuesday when he agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,255,000.

Bell became San Diego's closer when Hoffman, baseball's career saves leader, agreed to a $6 million, one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers last week.

Bell appeared in a staff-high 74 games in 2008, going 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA and earning $420,000.

He has two career saves. Hoffman has a record 554 ...

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