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Josh Bell Traded to the Nationals for Two Pitchers

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Josh Bell is a Bucco no more.

First reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Bell was traded to the Washington Nationals this afternoon in exchange for two young pitchers.

Numerous sources name them as 26-year-old Wil Crowe and 19-year-old Eddy Yean, both right-handed pitchers. Crowe made his major league debut with the Nats in August, while Yean is still in rookie league.

From the Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey:

The Pirates drafted Bell in the second round back in 2011 after they went above slot value to sign him out of high school.

Bell made his MLB debut in 2016 and hit .273 in 45 games. His bigger breakout came in 2017, when Bell batted .255/.334/.466 with 26 home runs and 90 RBIs over 159 games. That year, Bell finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting.

After a down 2018, during which one anonymous scout was highly critical of Bell, he broke out in a big way during the 2019 season, making the All-Star Game, competing in the Home Run Derby and piling up 37 home runs to go along with 116 RBIs.

Bell largely regressed in 2020, hitting just .226 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs in 57 games.

The trade really didn’t come as a surprise, but maybe where Bell landed did, since there’s been a lot of talk about his going to an American League team as a possible DH.

The Pirates have officially confirmed the deal.

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