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Heath Bell and the draft-pick compensation bluff

To be clear, I think the Padres will probably trade Heath Bell. The Rangers, Phillies and Cardinals all seem like they have enough motivation to get something done there.

But I do think it's worth noting that the Padres' message, standard for teams shopping players in their walk years - "We can just keep the guy and get the draft picks this winter" - has more merit than usual.

That's...

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