Heath Bell: "I'd hate to have to wear a coat and tie."

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By agreeing to a $1.255 million salary Tuesday, closer Heath Bell and the Padres avoided any chance of an arbitration hearing. Salary arbitration can be contentious because the hearing pits club against player, but for Bell it wasn't the anticipated dressing down as much as the dressing up that he wished to avoid. I don't want to go to arbitration because I hear you have to dress up, and I hate dressing up, Bell said before the deal got done. I don't want to wear a coat and tie. My agent wears a coat and tie, and I told him, 'I don't know how you do it. I'd hate to have to wear a coat and tie.'"

Bell, Padres avoid arbitration by agreeing on $1.255 million deal