The Cardinals have announced that they have signed David Bell to a two-year contract to be the teams new bench coach. He was the Cards assistant hitting coach last season and his promotion reflects the quality work he has put in for the team. Bell, who is 42, played parts of 4 seasons with the Cardinals during his 12 year career totaling 440 at bats from 1995-1998.

Bell is replacing Mike Aldrete who spent 6 seasons coaching with the Cards before joining the Oakland Athletics coaching staff this offseason.