Rangers agree to terms with Cuban vet Bell

Oufielder joining club on Minor League contract

July 6th, 2016
Alexei Bell has experience on the international stage, including playing for Cuba's World Baseball Classic team in 2013. (Getty)

The Rangers have agreed to a Minor League deal with veteran Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell, according to industry sources.
Bell, 32, is expected to report to the club's Spring Training facility in Surprise, Ariz., next week, and he will begin his professional career with Double-A Frisco later in the month. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.
The club has not confirmed the deal.
Bell played 13 seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional, the island's top league, primarily for Santiago and later with Matanzas in 2014. He also played 59 games for Quebec in the Canadian-American Association last season, hitting .317 with 14 doubles, two triples and two home runs. He drove in 23 runs.
For his career, Bell sports a .319 batting average with 138 home runs, 632 RBIs, 187 doubles and 31 triples in 659 games.
In international competition, Bell won a silver medal with Cuba in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and he was an integral part of Cuba's gold medal teams at the '10 International Baseball Cup and the '14 Central American and Caribbean Games. He was also a member of Cuba's World Baseball Classic team in 2013.
Bell played for Quintana Roo in the Mexican League earlier this season, but he stopped after nine games to avoid the risk of injury. He left Cuba in January.