From The San Diego Union:

“The Padres & reliever Heath Bell’s agent are discussing a multi-year contract, both the club & Bell said Thursday. The Padres control Bell’s rights for up to four more years; Bell said he wants a three-year deal & would be happy to continue setting up closer Trevor Hoffman, who is eligible for free agency in November. “I’d like to stay in San Diego,” Bell said. “I’ve got a wife & three kids & would like to know I’m going to be here. It’d be nice to know there’s no chance of being traded this winter.” Bell, 30, is eligible for first-time salary arbitration. If talks are fruitless, he said he’d be comfortable with allowing an arbitrator to set his 2009 salary.

“I came from no money,” he said. “I was undrafted & signed for $1,000. I’d played one year of varsity baseball, walked on to my JUCO team. If I have to wait, I’ll do that.” General Manager Kevin Towers, who declined specific comment, has said Bell ultimately could succeed Hoffman. It’s not unusual for clubs to structure a set-up reliever’s contract so that his pay rises if he starts to pile up saves.”

I’m sure the union is hating him for these comments, but instead of “It’s a business” (I’m eyeing you Teixeira!) I wish more players would realize how good they have it and say what Heath Bell did,

“I came from no money,” he said. “I was undrafted & signed for $1,000. I’d played one year of varsity baseball, walked on to my JUCO team. If I have to wait, I’ll do that.”