Orioles trade infielder Josh Bell to Arizona for player to be named

April 21, 2012 | Luke Jones

After designating him for assignment earlier in the week, the Orioles have traded infielder Josh Bell to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later.

The Orioles removed Bell from the 40-man roster on Monday to create room for catcher Luis Exposito, who was claimed on waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

Despite a few different stints in Baltimore, Bell was never able to establish himself as a major leaguer, hitting .200 with three home runs and 18 runs batted in over 79 games with the Orioles in 2010 and 2011. Bell had 78 strikeouts and only six walks in 226 plate appearances in the big leagues the last two seasons.

Bell was off to a miserable start at Triple-A Norfolk, going just 3 for his first 32 with one home run before being designated for assignment.

The switch-hitting infielder was acquired on July 30, 2009 along with right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Orioles closer George Sherrill.

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