Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/6/12
The Miami Marlins, who signed closer Heath Bell to a three year, $27 million deal this offseason, have removed Bell from the closer's role due to repeated struggles. Bell has already blown four saves this season. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is thinking that he'll replace Bell at the back of the game with Steve Cishek. The struggles from the 34 year-old Bell this year are pretty much the antithesis of why you don't give relievers large contracts. Bell has been an absolute disaster in South Beach this season, only saving three games (while blowing four) in seven chances. Bell has thrown 8 2/3 innings on the season, has walked ten, and struck out just six. While he's not as bad as his 11.42 ERA indiciates, his 6.88 FIP and 7.74 xFIP don't tell the tale of a pitcher who is just getting screwed over by awful luck. While Bell's velocity is down so far this year, it's not alarmingly down (shy of one mile per hour). Bell's main problem appears to be location, as he's only getting swings ...
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