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Rays send outfielder to Arizona to complete Bell trade

The Tampa Bay Rays completed the trade with Arizona for relief pitcher Heath Bell by sending minor league outfielder Todd Glaesmann to the Diamondbacks on Friday as the player to be named later in the Dec. 3 trade.

Glaesmann was the Rays 2012 minor league player of the year after batting .285 with 21 home runs and 75 RBI while splitting time between the Rays Class A teams in Bowling Green and Charlotte.

A third-round pick in the 2009 draft, Glaesmann hit .240 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI in 132 games last season at Double A Montgomery.

The Rays received Bell as part of a three-team trade that included the Cincinnati Reds and sent catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays.

Bell is expected to compete this spring with Juan Carlos Oviedo for the closer’s role. At the very least Bell will provide another late-inning arm for the bullpen.

Hanigan, who signed a three-year, $10.75 million contract on the day the trade was announced, will receive the bulk of the catching duties this season with Jose Molina assuming a more traditional role of the backup catcher.

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