The Cleveland Guardians have reached a two-year $33 million deal with free-agent first baseman/DH Josh Bell, according to Audacy MLB Insider Jon Heyman.
We had projected that Bell would receive a three-year deal in free agency, so the Guardians seemingly did well with this deal. However, Heyman notes that Bell will have the ability to opt out after the 2023 season and return to free agency if he chooses to do so.
The 30-year-old slashed .301/.384/.493 with 14 home runs, 57 RBIs, 49 walks and an .877 OPS in 103 games with the Washington Nationals this past season, before being traded to the San Diego Padres. Bell slashed just .192/.316/.271 with a .587 OPS after being traded to the Padres, but still won a Silver Slugger Award as the top DH in the senior circuit.
Bell will join a Guardians team that went 92-70 in 2022, en route to winning the American League Central.