CLEVELAND (WKBN) — The Cleveland Guardians have officially signed first-baseman/designated hitter Josh Bell to a two-year free agent contract.
The deal is reportedly worth $33 million, and includes a player opt-out after the 2023 season.
The former Pittsburgh Pirates’ slugger has played seven seasons in the Major League, and is career .262 hitter with 130 home runs.
Against American League opponents, Bell has batted .307 with 29 doubles, 22 homers, and 76 RBI.
Since 2017, Bell ranks fourth among Major League switch-hitters in homers (127), total bases (1303), and extra base-hits (294).
Bell split the 2022 season between Washington and San Diego, collecting career-highs in hits (147) and walks (81), helping him earn his first career Silver Slugger award.
During the 2022 campaign with the Nationals and Padres, he posted a combined average of .266 with 17 homers, 3 triples, 29 doubles and 71 RBI’s in 156 games.