David Bell didn't exactly have his best years in Philadelphia, but he was on one of the hottest stretches of his career when news of his trade hit the Phillies' clubhouse Friday night. The Phillies and Brewers completed a deal as the Phillies game against Florida was ending that sends Bell to Milwaukee for minor league reliever Wilfredo Laureano.
"It's always a surprise," said Bell on hearing the news. "It's part of the game."
Bell is hitting .361 in July and raised his average to .278 with the hot streak. He's joining a Brewers' team that's seven games out in the wild card race and is gearing up to make a run at the post-season. Earlier in the day, Milwaukee traded Carlos Lee and in a deal with Texas that will bring outfielder Kevin Mench and pitcher Francisco Cordero to Milwaukee. Bell's arrival helps fill some infield holes created by injuries to Brewers players like Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy and Corey Koskie.
For the Phillies, Laureano will be added to the Lakewood roster, since he was already pitching at the same Class-A level and in fact, pitching in the South Atlantic League, which is home to the BlueClaws. He was 3-2, 3.96 for West Virginia and had posted one save this season.
On the major league club, Abraham Nunez will take over at third base, with Chris Coste serving as his back-up. More roster moves are expected, because Nunez served as the Phillies utility middle-infielder and Coste is the back-up to catcher Mike Lieberthal. GM Pat Gillick also hinted that other deals could be forthcoming with names like starters Cory Lidle and Jon Lieber, reliever Rheal Cormier and outfielder Bobby Abreu among the most mentioned of the players.