Saturday, January 26, 2002
Giants acquire Bell, give him third base job
The Associated Press
SEATTLE David Bell is an everyday third baseman once again.
Bell, out of a job with the Seattle Mariners, was traded to the San Francisco Giants on Friday for infielder Desi Relaford and cash.
The Mariners didn't have a place for Bell after acquiring third baseman Jeff Cirillo from Colorado.
There's no question I wanted to go somewhere where I'm comfortable and can contribute to a winning team, Bell said. It worked out perfectly as far as I'm concerned.
The Giants didn't have a regular third baseman last year after trading Bill Mueller to the Cubs in the offseason. San Francisco tried Russ Davis at third along with Ramon Martinez.
Bell, 29, hit .260 last year with 15 home runs and 64 RBI.
Bell, who made $2.2 million last season, and the Giants agreed to a one-year contract with an option, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.
He is guaranteed $2.25million.
Hall of Famer Ted Williams was resting comfortably in a Florida hospital Friday, recovering from flu-like symptoms.
Infielder Ron Coomer was signed to a minor-league contract.
The 35-year-old Coomer batted .261 with eight home runs and 53 RBI in 111 games with the Chicago Cubs last season.
Three-time All-Star infielder Carlos Baerga, 33, was among 17 players invited to spring training.
Free agent outfielder Matt Stairs agreed to a $500,000, one-year contract.
Stairs, 33, played last season with the Chicago Cubs, hitting .250 with 17 homers and 61 RBI. He was with the Oakland Athletics from 1997 to 2000, averaging 28 home runs and 91 RBI.
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