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Heath Bell latest on Marlins' radar

Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:26 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 3:13 pm

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 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 and Joe Frisaro of 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.

New-look Marlins
Bell, 34, has been an All-Star the past three seasons as the Padres closer. He had 43 saves in 48 chances with a 2.44 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 51 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings last season. He has 132 saves over the past three seasons. The Marlins have an obvious hole at the back-end of their bullpen after Juan Oviedo revealed he'd been using a fake name (Leo Nunez) for years and was placed on the restricted list. There isn't a ready-made closer left on the roster.

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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Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:35 pm

Heath Bell latest on Marlins' radar

1st Pujols, then Reyes and now Bell. Look like they end up with nobody with the prices is not right.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:56 pm

Heath Bell latest on Marlins' radar


Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:54 pm

Heath Bell latest on Marlins' radar

I dont think they should go after C.J Wilson. He wants way too much money and at his age it's a huge gamble. Yankees will sign C.J

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:52 pm

Heath Bell latest on Marlins' radar

Or if they can get Jose Reyes.

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:48 pm

Heath Bell latest on Marlins' radar

Wow. If the Marlins could land Heath Bell that would be huge. Leo Nunez isn't a closer. Marlins could make some noise this year if they can get Albert Pujols too.

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