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Rumor Mill: Birds still pushing for Bell

The Cardinals are still "pushing hard" for Padres closer Heath Bell, according to

The Birds aren't the only team interested, but they're the team Bell wants to play for, according to the report.

Bell doesn't have full no-trade protection. But there is a lot of belief that he wants to pitch for the Padres in 2012. So, if San Diego want to re-sign their hurler, they might want to consider his wishes.

I don't know if I should be excited or concerned that the Cardinals are pulling all the stops on the 2011 season. Are they conceding that they'll have to start a rebuilding project next year?