St. Louis Cardinals sign David Bell as bench coach


David Bell has agreed to a two-year deal to serve as the bench coach, the St. Louis Cardinals announced today.

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Bell had joined the Cardinals prior to the start of the 2014 season as he replaced Bengie Molina as the team’s assistant hitting coach.

Bell played for twelve years before transitioning into a coaching career. He managed in the Cincinnati Reds minor league organization from 2009‐2012 before taking on the role of the Chicago Cubs third base coach during the 2013 season.

Bell is one of the few members of Major League Baseball’s three generation families and played with the Cardinals during the 1995-98 seasons. He would later win a World Series ring in 2002 with the San Francisco Giants.

The position opened up when Mike Aldrete accepted the job of the same position with the Oakland Athletics.

The Cardinals made some other announcements today. Catcher Ed Easley was added to the 40-man roster, giving the team 35 players on the roster. The Washington Nationals claimed right handed-pitcher Eric Fornataro off waivers as did the Colorado Rockies with Jorge Rondon.

In 80 games with Memphis, Easley hit .296/.359/.473 this season.

Drafted as a sixth round pick in 2008, Fornataro made his Cardinals debut on April 21, 2014. He only appeared in 8 games for the Cardinals, posting a 4.66 ERA in 9.1 innings. In 44 games with Memphis this season, he posted a 4-5 record with a 2.57 ERA and 15 saves. Playing seven seasons in the minors, Fornataro was 28-48 with a 3.90 ERA.

As for Rondon, the Venezuelan pitcher was signed as a free agent in 2006 and made his MLB debut on June 29, 2014. He pitched one inning with the Cardinals and faced four batters, walking one. Playing nine seasons in the Cardinals minor league organization, Rondon posted a 21-47 record with a 4.64 ERA.