Since winning the World Series in 2019, the Washington Nationals have been one of the worst teams in all of MLB.
They have two fifth-place finishes since and once again sit at the bottom of the NL East standings. Despite the team’s struggles since reaching the top of the MLB world
The 29-year-old first baseman is putting together a career-year in 2022. He is slashing .308/.389/.497 with a 145 wRC+ and has been the most valuable player on the Nationals
With the trade deadline approaching, Bell being in the final year of his contract and the Nationals looking like they will end up sellers, the 29-year-old seems likely to find himself in a new uniform before the end of the season
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The switch-hitter seems to have made a change to his approach at the plate this season. His K% is down to 13.3%. This is a 4% decrease from 2021 and 13% from 2020
His Hard Hit rate, barrel rate and average exit velocity are all down from 2021, indicating that Bell is focusing on making contact, rather than hitting the ball as hard as he can