By Matt Snyder
The Miami Marlins have rolled out the red carpet and given visits of their new digs to the likes of Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson. We can now add All-Star closer Heath Bell to the list. Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that the Marlins have interest in Bell. Jon Heyman reports that Bell has visited Miami and the Marlins seem "very aggressive." Jayson Stark of ESPN.com and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com also reported the club's interest in Bell.
In terms of going after all these free agents, Heyman also added "this is no publicity stunt."
Now, obviously the Marlins can't afford to land all these guys. But getting, say, Reyes, Buehrle and Bell could probably be done with the Marlins expecting to ramp up payroll reportedly close to $100 million as they move into a new stadium with new uniforms and Ozzie Guillen now the manager.
Bell has stated many times he'd prefer to stay in San Diego, but the club seems pretty lukewarm on signing him to a multi-year deal. And a few weeks ago, Bell said he has a home in Florida.
So this does appear to be a good fit. Of course, as Miller reported, the Marlins are also exploring other avenues -- including via trade -- to fill the spot. Bell's an option, just not the only option.
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