Any hope that Heath Bell might come sliding in to save the Giants season is officially over as the 1:00 p.m. EST deadline to trade for him passed.
As we know, the Giants recently claimed Bell off of waivers from the Padres.
But as we also know, that's not as fun/easy as it sounds, because the Giants actually had to trade something to the Padres to acquire the All-Star closer.
It is not possible now as, per SI's Jon Heyman, the deadline passed with no deal from the Giants.
This is disappointing news, because Bell would have been a tremendous addition to the Giants going forward.
However, acquiring him would have cost up to three prospects (to the Giants have three prospects?) and would have still been a rental for the rest of the season, therefore hurting the Giants future even further than it's already hurt.
Besides: the real problem with San Francisco isn't the pitching staff.
It's the fact that the team can't muster more than a single freaking run against Henry Freaking Sosa when he's pitching on three freaking days of rest.