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Report: Marlins meet with Heath Bell

       This should come as no surprise, as the Marlins appear to have eyes for every free agent that breathes. But Jon Heyman of SI.com is reporting via Twitter that the Marlins have spoken with closer Heath Bell. In another tweet, Heyman reports that Ryan Madson declined to meet with the Marlins because he didn't like their initial offer.

        Earlier reports have indicated that the Padres don't believe they'll be able to re-sign Bell, who has averaged 44 saves over the past three seasons with San Diego.

        The Marlins clearly lack a closer. Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly Leo Nunez) remains in the Dominican Republic, where he continues to sort out immigration issues. And even if Oviedo were to be cleared soon, it's not certain that the Marlins would tender him an offer as he stands to make up to $6 million through salary arbitration. The Marlins' current in-house candidates -- Edward Mujica, Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn -- are not exactly appealing options for the ninth-inning role, either.

        Bell would not come cheap. There have been reports suggesting that Bell could command a three-year deal worth more than $30 million. And Bell has stated publically that he would prefer to remain on the West Coast.

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Flav C

Joe's Stone Crab making a big profit from the constant visits by the Marlins FO and those Free Agents. Well. I guess i'm just assuming they will take Bell to Joe's. But considering he is no Pujols or Reyes, they might end up entertaining him at Casa Larios on Flagler street.

J

Bell is on the decline, if he can be had for an avg. salary of 5-8 mil per year for 3 years than thats ok but the Marlins should not offer more than that, he will make a case for more than that based in his past laurels but the future is whats important. I would prefer K-ROD over Bell if they are going to spend big on a closer. I wonder if the the Marlins FO tips over 15%......

harvey

more b.s from the Marlins publicity dept. Marlins have 2 weeks to put up or shut up

spitballer

There hasn't been any BIG signings by any team.
A few of them should get signed by some teams by Christmas.

Heatfan53

According to espn marlins signed Heath bell to a three year deal. Good job fish! :)

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