Last week, the Cleveland Guardians made an impactful signing, bringing veteran first baseman Josh Bell into the fold on a two-year, $33 million contract that includes an opt-out clause after the 2023 season.
The slugger has spent the vast majority of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 30-year-old was traded to the Washington Nationals prior to the 2021 season.
In 2022, the slugger was sent to the San Diego Padres as part of the Juan Soto deal.
Bell hit for a .266 average while crushing 17 home runs and driving in 71 runs.
On Twitter, the Guardians posted a highlight reel of Bell’s home runs from the 2022 season to get fans hyped up for their new acquisition.
How do 7 minutes and 56 seconds of Josh Bell home runs sound to you guys?
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) December 13, 2022
Guardians Hype Up Bell’s Arrival
The Guardians are certainly excited to have Bell in the fold for 2023, and potentially 2024.
Bell adds an extra power bat in the team’s lineup as they look to build off of their success from 2022.
Bell joins a lineup that already includes stars such as Jose Ramirez, Steven Kwan, Andres Gimenez, and Josh Naylor.
But a highlight video of the team’s new acquisition hitting some home runs might be all Guardians fans need to get excited about 2023.
The Guardians won 92 games in 2022 and captured the AL Central crown.
They went on to eliminate the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Series and advance to the ALDS, where they would meet the New York Yankees.
Unfortunately, the Guardians fell short, but the addition of Bell gives them a chance to make a deeper run in 2023.
For now, fans should enjoy this highlight reel of the slugger’s home runs from the 2022 season.