The Cincinnati Reds intend to hire Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell as their bench coach, according to a Fox Sports report Monday night.
Bell joined the Pirates before the 2013 season. Under Bell, the Pirates hit .245 as a team with a .313 on-base percentage and a .396 slugging percentage. The Pirates' .709 on-base plus slugging percentage ranked eighth in the National League this season, compared to their .699 OPS that ranked 11th last season.
Bell, 47, came to the Pirates this season from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He served as the bench coach from 2005-06 before spending three years as a spring training adviser to the club. In 2012, he was the hitting coach for Class AA Mobile in the Diamondbacks organization.
Between 1989-96, Bell played shortstop for the Pirates, making the All-Star team in 1993 while winning a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award.
Bell previously crossed paths with new Reds manager Bryan Price when Price was the Diamondbacks pitching coach beginning in 2006.