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Nationals release Heath Bell

Heath Bell

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Heath Bell points to catcher Miguel Montero after the final out is recorded against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning in a baseball game on Friday, June 7, 2013, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 3-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Washington released veteran reliever Heath Bell, who signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals in December.

Bell showed up to camp in The Best Shape Of His Life and would have earned $1 million for cracking the Opening Day roster, but the 37-year-old former All-Star closer struggled in a handful of appearances.

As recently as 2013 he was a decent middle reliever with a good strikeout rate, so Bell should be able to latch on somewhere else if he wants to keep the comeback attempt going.

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