Quick hits: Pineda, Heath Bell and, wait, Heath Bell?

Here are a couple of news items from late this afternoon/early this evening: The Yankees signed Heath Bell to a minor league deal earlier today.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The New York Yankees have signed three-time All-Star closer Heath Bell to a minor league contract.


Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Bell's signing before New York played at Oakland on Friday night. Bell will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


Bell was released by Tampa Bay on May 4 after going 1-1 with a 7.27 ERA in 13 appearances this season. The Rays acquired Bell from Arizona in December as part of a three-team trade.


Bell has 168 saves in 11 seasons with the New York Mets, San Diego, Miami, Arizona and Tampa Bay. He led the majors with 132 saves for the Padres from 2009-11.

Again, it's only a minor league deal and we may never see him with the big club.

Speaking of someone we won't see with the Yankees for a while, Joe Girardi told reporters today out in Oakland that he doesn't expect to see Michael Pineda return to the Yankees until at least August.

Happy Friday, everyone!