Granted, there was no reason to think Bell would become this good. But if Minaya had held on to Bell for just one more season — in 2007, he pitched brilliantly as Trevor Hoffman‘s setup man in San Diego — he might have been dissuaded from spending $47 million on Francisco Rodriguez, who a) hasn’t been as good as Bell, and b) is now in a big bowl full of trouble.
Whoops. Also, just in terms of personality, who would you rather have on your team right now? Yup.