The American League West just keeps getting better and better. Now it has George Bell, too.
The former AL MVP was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago White Sox Monday for outfielder Sammy Sosa and reliever Ken Patterson.Bell, a nine-year veteran, spent seven turbulent years with the Toronto Blue Jays before signing as a free agent with the Cubs in December 1990 for a guaranteed $9.8 million over three years.
Bell, 32, has averaged 154 games, 28 home runs and 100 RBIs during his eight full seasons in the major leagues. He won the MVP award in 1987 after hitting .308 with 47 home runs and 134 RBIs for the Blue Jays.
In spring training action Monday:
Mets 5, Expos 0
At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Dwight Gooden pitched three-hit ball over six innings in his most impressive performance of spring training as New York beat Montreal.
Braves 5, Yankees 3
At West Palm Beach, Fla., Steve Avery pitched six strong innings and added an RBI double as Atlanta beat New York to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Rangers 7, Red Sox 1
At Winter Haven, Fla., rookie Monty Fariss drove in three runs with four hits, including a solo homer, as Texas beat Boston.
Pirates 7, Blue Jays 3
At Bradenton, Fla., Barry Bonds, enjoying his best spring, was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a two-run single as Pittsburgh beat Toronto.
Cardinals 10, Phillies 7
At Clearwater, Fla., Gerald Perry had four hits and drove in three runs to lead St. Louis past Philadelphia.
Royals 9, Dodgers 2
At Haines City, Fla., Kevin McReynolds, Brian McRae and Curtis Wilkerson drove in two runs each as Kansas City beat Los Angeles.
Mariners 5, Giants 4
At Tempe, Ariz., Jeff Schaefer scored Dave Cochran from third base with a suicide-squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Seattle over San Francisco.
Indians 8, Brewers 6
At Chandler, Ariz., Mark Lewis, Sandy Alomar and Carlos Baerga each drove in two runs for Cleveland.
Padres 3, Angels 0
At Palm Springs, Calif., California's Joe Grahe carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but San Diego's Craig Lefferts eventually won a pitchers' duel.
Athletics 8, Cubs 3
At Mesa, Ariz., Scott Brosius had three hits and drove in three runs as Oakland beat Chicago.
Tigers 4, Astros 0
At Lakeland, Fla., Cecil Fielder hit a pair of two-run homers as Detroit downed Houston.
Reds 4, White Sox 3
At Sarasota, Fla., Billy Hatcher tripled home the winning run in the ninth inning to lift Cincinnati over the White Sox. Hatcher's two-out triple off Scott Radinsky scored Jacob Brumfield with the winning run. Hatcher also singled in a run during a three-run seventh. The White Sox tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on Steve Sax's two-out RBI single off Scott Bankhead.