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Marlins trade Heath Bell

    The Marlins have closed the book on failed closer Heath Bell.

    Bell was traded Saturday to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team deal in which Miami received minor-league infielder Yordy Cabrera from the Oakland A's.

    The Marlins agreed to pay $8 million of the remaining $21 million still owed to Bell. The A's received outfielder Chris Young from the Diamondbacks while giving up shortstop Cliff Pennington to Arizona.

    In trading Bell, the Marlins discarded a ninth-inning specialist who repeatedly turned wins into losses on the field and become a malcontent off it.

    The Marlins signed the 35-year-old reliever last December to a three-year, $27 million deal. But the former San Diego Padres closer turned out to be a huge bust, losing his job after blowing six saves before the All-Star break and eight all together.

    He finished with 19 saves, a 4-5 record and 5.09 ERA.

    Unhappy with his diminished role, Bell was openly critical of pitching coach Randy St. Claire, the training staff and even the Showtime production crew that filmed “The Franchise.” Bell said he was portrayed too negatively during the series.

    For the Marlins, the final straw with the disgruntled Bell might have come the final week of the season when Bell, in a live radio interview, said it was "hard to respect" manager Ozzie Guillen.

    The following day, Bell's teammates on the Marlins, in a show of support for Guillen, turned on the manager's weekly radio show inside the clubhouse, raised the volume, and made Bell listen to Guillen state that he no longer respected Bell "as a person."

   Cabrera, 22, was the A's second-round draft pick in 2010 out of Lakeland.

   At Single A Stockton last season, Cabrera hit .232 with three homers and mostly played shortstop. He is currently playing third base in the Arizona Fall League.

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Warren

Making room for A-Rod.

Old Gator

Good riddance.

laurelbowie

Cabrera! Yeah, baby!

ginrai

the heck with arod! he can't hit anymore. he's done.

JUAN YANES

MARLINS SHOULD RETAIN CARLOS LEE BECAUSE HE IS AN STEADY CLEANOFF WITH RUNNER IN SCORING POSITION, THEY HAVEN'T ANOTHER PLAYER WITH THIS STUFF; STANTON IS STILL GREEN FOR BE # 4 (HOW DISAPPOINTED GUILLEN HAD BEEN DONE) STANTON NEED MORE MILES YET AND IS BAD TO RUSH HIM AS FOURTH IN THE LINE UP. MORRISON = THE SAME PICTURE THAT STANTON; GUILLEN FAIL TOO PENCIL THIS PLAYER AS # 4; I REMEMBER HE WAS MORE THAN 30 GAMES FAILING IN THIS SPOT.

JUAN YANES

IN SOME PART BELL SAYS SOME TRUE, MARLINS STAFF COACHES LACK OF ACKNOWLEDGES AND SKILLS TO GIVE ENOUGH GUIDELINES TO PITCHERS AND HITTERS.

Flav C.

LB, sorry I really had to laugh when I read your comment!
One of the best posts so far!

Marlin Fan

Thank God !!!! Who cares what we get ( a weak hitting SS/3b prospect ) , at least fat slob is gone !!!

spitballer

I would have to think that the Marlins could have gotten a better deal...I don't dispute the fact that Bell needed to be traded. This deal looks like a typical Beinfest trade...give more for less. This deal comes no where close to being equal value. Had the marlins waited till the winter meetings in December...maybe could have done better.

juanv

would've liked chris young better but good bye bell you bum.

Stan M

Juan is right about the coaching staff but Bell was not the man to point that out. It will be very interesting to see his comments about the entire Miami experience. We all know that he will have a great deal to say. Wonder if he will criticize Loria after getting that absurd contract. He shouldn't.
Cabrera was ranked #16 on the A's prospect list so he's a little more than a warm body. The fact that he was sent to the AZ Fall League also says something. However, he hit poorly in A ball and was 22YO while there.
Personally, I think we should all say a silent prayer for Beinfest for dumping about half of his salary along with him and actually getting a prospect of any kind in return. It's a definite WOW!

Stan M

spitballer, I have always respected your comments but find this last one hard to understand. Are you serious?

Stan M

It would be very interesting if Bell meete more failure and tries to throw Mgr. Gibson under anything at all.

Camera Mike

8 million is less of his salary than what I was expecting the Marlins to have to pick up so it is a win there, but I would have liked to at least have gotten a decent prospect in return. Though getting Bell out of the locker room in any way should improve team morale.

richiej

so, a 22 year old infielder, who hit .232 at single A is worth $8 million. I guess I have absolutely no sense of values.

Eddie S

BELL WAS ACTUALLY VERY GOOD IN THE 8TH INNING CLOSING ROLE. IF HE KEPT HIS MOUTH SHUT AND ACCEPTED THE 7TH OR 8TH INNING ROLE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN GOOD. HOWEVER WHENEVER HE WAS CLOSING A GAME ITWAS HEART ATTACK TIME. GLAD HE'S GONE BECAUSE HE WAS SUCH A TROUBLE MAKER. THE MARLINS SHOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO GET DAVID WRIGHT!!!

Lou

Stan, Gibson will eat him up, spit him out and then bury the sputum.

bob

Clever Marlins, stirring up A-Rod rumors to spring this surprise on us.

Oh who am I kidding, the Marlins aren't that smart. They are, however, smart enough to dump Heath Bell.

Really, all Marlins fans complained about the coaching staff too. The difference is that we didn't put the team out of contention single-handedly. Oh well, Heath Bell opens his mouth and at the end of the day, still earns his millions.

He just won't earn them by putting away the Marlins.

bob

@richiej, Chris Volstad wasn't worth $15M either, but that's how much getting rid of Zambrano was worth to the Cubs.

A 22 year old infielder is worth around the league minimum, the rest of it was money spent getting rid of Heath Bell.

Lou

Laurel, Your post at 3:29 is among many reasons I'm proud to call you a friend-----GENIUS!!!!

spitballer

Stan....MLB is littered with closers having a bad year. With the case of Bell....he had a very bad year. I won't be surprised if he is the come back player in the NL next year. Fernando Rodney comes to mind. Look at the year he had vs what he had before. Granted...Bell needed to be traded.....I just feel like a better deal could of been had.

Stan M

Spitballer, I understand your point and Camera Mike seems to agree with you. I apologize if I came on too strong. It's just that I felt that timing was very important. Because he represented the team's failure more than anyone else, my feeling was the sooner the better. I wouldn't have cared if we got box tops. And had Loria eaten more of his salary, we might have received a better prospect. I think Beinfeld did as well as he could.
I will go to my grave believing that this whole closer business is a passing fad in baseball....a bad fad. The idea that the "closer" must come in in the 9th inning in any "save" situation" makes no sense to me. So many times a starter is pitching his best game of the year, yet gets pulled for the 9th. He's been great but we have no idea if the closer will be "on" that day. A case in point. First Baltimore-Yankee playoff game, their young lefthander literally overwhelmed the Yanks in the 8th. Why not send him out in the 9th and if he gets in trouble, then bring in the closer. Just watch how many times the set up guy is great and then the closer blows it. I think that if Baltimore had done it my way, they would have won that series for the closer did the same thing again. Ditto Detroit but they got away with it. And somewhere it is written in stone that once the closer enters the gamme, that's it. Never, ever, pull him if he stinks that day. Craziness!

Stan M

LB,
There was a photo of our young phenom pitcher, Alex Fernandez. His arm and forward leg positions were in that position that is crying for Tommy John surgery according to that excellent article you put us onto. I hope I interpeted it wrong, but don't think so. Ouch.

Stan M

I meant Jose and just found another photo where he looked OK.

Lou

Stan, Agree totally with your thoughts about closers.

I believe you are still giving The Triumvirate too much credit. I don't believe Loria cares anymore. Believe this year did him in. Don't believe if some team would have offered to pay Bell's ENTIRE salary that Marlins would have received anyone better in return. Hope I'm wrong, but I believe they no longer think this will work after seeing the attendance--and even though those numbers are a result of a miserable product-- all it will be about going forward is shedding payroll,right up until MLB steps in and coerces them into deal or more probably they want to be coerced. If they are forced to sell, the contract with the other parties can't be held against them which says they can't sell for X number of years. Hope they don't own the team when Stanton becomes a free agent. I know you guys really care and it is painful reading thoughts that people believe this is getting better. It's not. Nobody on this blog would bet anything significant that Stanton is not playing for the Dodgers or Angels in 3 years in return for some guys from Visalia or Rancho Cuchamongo.

Lou

Sorry. Forgot to mention the obvious reason to sell will be the bargaining chip of that luxury stadium. A REAL, old time baseball owner could parlay THAT stadium and this Hispanic market into something really special. Latinos would love to play this close to their home lands. Hell, Latinos love playing in Detroit, Michigan if they feel comfortable with teammates and get paid the going rate.

spitballer

Lou...you touched on the topic of Stanton's free agency...even if the Marlins offer him a long term deal early...he may reject it & just play out his string. I really think he wants to play for a west coast team and get out of Miami. The only thing that might change his mind, IMO...new ownership.

Flav C.

By trading Hanley and Bell, the Marlins automatically frees up more than $ 40 mil in payroll over the next 2 years. It will be interesting to see how this money will be used.

Stan M

Money? Spent? Loria? Surely you jest! Seriously, Flav, I think he will move Nolasco or JJ for a 3rd baseman or a LFer. It would make a publicity splash and cost little. Then pick up a second class free agent in the 5-6 million class. He obviously has to do something or his investment will suffer long term and in a couple of years when he is allowed to sell the team, he will get much less; assuming attendance returns to prior norms. The man might be a charletan, but he's not stupid and in this case he has to either spend money to eventually make money or go the trade route for the publicity. The point is, he simply can't stand still and maintain the status quo without suffering long term financial losses and he certainly knows that.

Flav C.

Interesting to read on the boston globe that Lincecum will be in the trade block this winter. I wonder who will pick up the $22 million left in his contract.

Camera Mike

The same city that wrote the article Flav. Boston will gladly pay 22 million for a pitcher after they freed up the cash from Gonzalez, Crawford, and Beckett.

Lou

Is there any chance he has calculated the "costs" of not doing anything and has decided when he is able to sell the team that the inducement of that beautiful stadium eill have enough appeal to a prospective owner even if Loria's pernicious moves have driven away the fans? A new buyer will probably believe he can recapture the fans and inject life into a situation that would have been basically moribund for 4 years. i insist that the marlins are absolutely through spending any money and will just play a waiting game to seell. Loria got enough of a sweetheart deal to make this work and if MLB does not like Loria's actions he can say--"Fine. You guys fine me a buyer." This is a bad man. Understand that and avoid some heartache.

Lou

I care about the Marlins, but would not mind:

CF--Jackson
LF--Garcia
3B--Cabrera
RF--Stanton
1B--Fielder
DH--Martinez
SS--????
C--Avila
2B--Infante???

Lou

That would be a Latino and African/American lineup that people of Detroit will turn out 3,300,000 to watch play.

Stan M

As LB can explain, Loria is prohibited fom selling the team by contract for a couple more years. And I respectfully but strongly disagree about ballpark alone attracting a buyer . Especially if it is empty. It doesn't have to win to be valuable, just be full of fans. Look at the Cubs situation. Naturally, the fans won't show up in Miami unless they do win. So again I say, Loris, who is no fool, knows he must do something or watch his investment diminish.

Lou

How do we know Loria is not a fool? He has Samson for a stepson. He makes horrendous public comments. He and his buddies fire managers like George. He approved the trade of a Hall of Famer for a long reliever> He and his front office brought in Bell and back loaded Buehrle to the point of fiscal craziness. He keeps Beinfest employed. He HUMILIATED Ali. Is it possible he is one of those people who just got lucky? It does happen. More frequently than we would like to admit. You can be very RICH!!!!! and still be a fool. I'm sure there are people who have been around longer than myself who could give examples of some very rich fools. How about the owner of the Detroit Lions who had the goodsense to have a personal connection with Henry Ford. Genius????

Lou

By the way, have there been other individuals who have overseen a significant dimunition of their investments? You are giving Loria a lot of credit. He has obviously done a lot of things very right but I don't think anyone will ever confuse him with Andrew Carnegie or Johm D. Rockefeller. What he has most going for him is an ability to not only pinch a penny but grab its A%%.However, this could actually come back to bite him.

As I said earlier, IF he wants to trade Stanton for Brannan Boesch and 3 prospects I will take it but it will still make me a little sad.

Lou

Sorry!!! I would be remiss--How bout them Canes???? It's all about the U rinal.

Camera Mike

Loria is a fool when it comes to baseball decisions, but he has consistently made a profit on the Marlins even if he did state differently to get financing on the stadium. He may be able to keep the payroll down near the bottom of the league for a year or two but he will have to increase the value of the team when it's time for him to sell.

the Truth

Marlins fans should be used to and get used to losing for years to come.

Stan M

Oh, Lou, where to begin. You seem to be using obsessions as legitimate talking points. I am going to answer you step by step because it is late and it's not going to interfere with others wanting to post.
Your argument about Samson as a stepson as a reason for his incompetence is completely illogical. Our feeling toward Samson have nothing to do with family relationships within the Loria household.
You ae still obsessing about the Cabrera trade. Of course it was awful in retrspect. But you ignore the timing of when it was done. I have too often said that he isn't now the same player that he was then . Yes, the talent was obvious, but he was an overweight, out of shape, alcholic who was a detriment to team cohesiveness at the time he was traded. And many felt at that time the the Marlins did well in raiding the Detroit farm system of its two best prospects. Please let that trade be. Good Lord, the Mets traded Nolan Ryan for a washed up shortstop and survived.
Backloading contracts is not a bad move. From a financial point of view, it reflected the hope of increased income over the next couple of years and left the possibility for a future trade if the higher salaries didn't pan out. They sought either Buehrie or the pitcher who went to the Angels. The Marlins obviously came out ahead in that decision.
To equate Loria's financial dealing with luck is absurd. Smarter minds than mine have pointed out how he parlayed a small investment of mostly borrowed money into ownership of Montreal and then the Marlins. He somehow had a truly beautiful ballpark built after years of failure by others and did it with minimal personal investment. He made money on this team year after year while the team had a horrible stadium deal and very poor attendence figures. He stands to make a killing when he sells the team down the road. All this and a trophy wife to boot! Of course you despise him. We all can't stand him. He's an owner right out of the depths of hell. His goals are not necessarily our goals. But the man is no fool and I'm amazed that you could even think differently and luck has had nothing to do with it. In fact, an argument could be made that luck was against him during this past year.

spitballer

Stan....that’s a good post! Loria isn't a fool...but is definitely one heck of a rascal.

Luke Thompson

Well, we're now well rid of the number one encumbrance, Heath Bell! Now let's unload number two, John Buck, the catcher who can't hit his weight - and can't even throw out an occasional would-be base thief. Carlos Lee was a steady, reliable hitter and good glove man, BUT he's thirty-six and in the free agent end of a big, fat contract. Surely the Marlins have one good youngster to bring along at first base.

Lou

Let's see how it plays out. If he makes the moves you say he will to guarantee his investment, I will agree.

If he lets the franchise fall into total disarray due to neglect, will you agree?

I'm willing to wait to see what he does and I still see a team of minor leaguers, except for RF,SS and a couple of pitchers. We will see if it gets ugly or not. As long as we get first crack at Stanton, Yelich, Ozuna and Fernandez I'll be fine. Must keep that Tiger--Marlin Farm System relationship going.

laurelbowie

I know I'm as tardy as the Octomom's menses, but I have to agree with Spit, Camera Mike and anybody else who sez the Marlins should have gotten a bit more than Yordy Cabrera in this deal. Obviously, Taco was a big, oozing carbuncle on the Marlins' caboose and had to be excised. But to others around baseball, Bell is just a jovial, fun-loving lug with a great pedigree who had a down year, and with the premium placed on relief pitching, a lot of teams would have gladly given up more than a single-A prospect to get him. When Loria sells one of those ridiculous abstract paintings of his, he doesn't care if it looks like a steaming dog turd to him as long as he can convince some dingbat that it's a priceless depiction of the Grand Tetons.
On the other hand, Yordy Cabrera may yet turn out to be a diamond in the rough, to coin a cliche. He was highly touted as a potential big-league slugger coming out of high school in 2010, so maybe he just hasn't hit his stride yet. (How's that for wishful thinking?) He played in only 60 games last year, so maybe he had some kind of injury that hampered his play.
Anyway, you know the most fascinating thing about the guy? Turns out his real name is Leo Nunez.

laurelbowie

As I understand the ballpark contract, Loria will have to cough up a wad of cash to the city and county if he sells more than 50 percent interest in the team before 2016. I assume that if MLB coerces him to sell, the city would still be entitled to its money and MLB would have to come up with it.
Interestingly, Loria insisted on a provision that if he dies and his heirs sell the team, no equity payment would be required. Make what you will of that.

laurelbowie

Lou,
William Safire would've called you a nattering nabob of negativism (or had Spiro Agnew do it for him). Unfortunately, I have to agree — in my gut, I can't imagine Loria putting any of the loot he's saved back into this team. He does want to win, but he took his shot at playing with the big dogs and now he's going to whimper and crawl back under the porch. And nobody is going to force him to do anything, because with just the guys he has now, his payroll will be higher than 10 or 12 other teams. I think the Astros had a payroll of about $16 million at one point last year, and nobody uttered a peep.
On the other hand, our friend Stan M is a lot smarter and more knowledgeable than I am and I take hope in his conviction that better days are coming — because at my age, wait till next year becomes an iffy proposition.
Maybe Loria will sell 49 percent interest in the Fish to a wealthy sportsman who'll go out buy us some superstars. You think?

not a Marlins fan

Yordy must be a real genius. Was almost 20 when he was drafted out of Lakeland High School. Lets see...Marlins traded for Gorky,now Yordy. What other stiffs with stupid 1st names can they find. Plenty on the way.

another great move

Clay Hensley says thanks again to the Marlin FO for having the foresight and shrewdness to let him go so he could sign with the Giants and go to the World Series.

BURG Watch Phone

Normally, the lovers won't appear in Ohio unless they do win. So again I say, Loris, who is no deceive, knows he must do something or observe his financial commitment reduce.

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