Orioles Get Catcher, DFA Bell

The Baltimore Orioles made a move today, acquiring a catcher, while designating Josh Bell for assignment…

The Orioles today announced that they have claimed CA LUIS EXPOSITO on waivers from Boston.

Exposito, 25, is a career .268/.324/.420 hitter in seven minor league seasons in Boston’s farm system.  He was the Red Sox 31st round selection in the 2005 First Year Player Draft.

To make room for Exposito on the 40-man roster, INF JOSH BELL has been designated for assignment.  Bell, 25, batted .200/.221/.264 in 79 games with the Orioles in 2010 and 2011.  He was acquired by Baltimore on July 30, 2009 in exchange for LHP GEORGE SHERRILL.

Too bad about Josh Bell. If he is not picked up on waivers, he should stay in the organization.

Here’s more from Roch’s blog:

Bell’s been on the 40-man bubble. It finally popped.

Exposito, 25, is a career .268/.324/.420 hitter in seven minor league seasons, all of them spent in the Red Sox’s farm system. He was a 31st-round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

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Bell hadn’t been playing third base. He served as the Tides’ designated hitter and made starts at first base and right field.

Bell, when he has played in the majors (sparingly), looked good at points in the field; however, he never figured out how to hit at the major league level. He came to the team overweight, got in shape, seemed to be making an effort, but it never clicked.

He more or less was a strikeout machine and never could make consistent contact for the team to really give him much of a shot.

Bell was given a few extended stints in the majors (again), but never got going.

Once the trade for Mark Reynolds was made a few years ago, the writing was on the wall for Bell with the Baltimore organization.