Found December 05, 2011 on
DALLAS –– During the offseason, Heath Bell was on the Red Sox' radar. But apparently, they weren't aggressive enough for his preference. As a result of Boston's meticulous approach, the Marlins swooped in and inked the closer to a three-year, $27 million contract. After his introductory press conference on Monday, Bell reflected on why playing in Boston never came to fruition. "The Red Sox –– it was just the situation, I think," Bell said. "I really wanted to know that I was going to be some place for multiple years. I didn't want to go some place for a year...

Marlins finalize pact with reliever Bell

The Miami Marlins celebrated the kickoff of the winter meetings in Dallas by finalizing a three-year, $27-million contract with former San Diego Padres reliever Heath Bell.The deal includes a $9-million option for 2015.The 34-year-old righthander has been one of the top relievers in the National League over the past five seasons.He went 3-4 with a 2.44 ERA, 43 saves and 51 strikeouts...

Top 12 reasons why the Marlins signed Jose Reyes

12) Wanted to sign a batting average champion, and did not care how gutless said champion was11) Gives Heath Bell someone to feel good about, and perhaps dust off that lucky "Dream Team" nickname10) Jeff Loria wanted to teach all of those ungrateful wretches back in Montreal that he can actually sign a free agent after all9) Team wanted to motivate Hanley Ramirez, since...

Miami Marlins introduce new closer Heath Bell

Heath Bell didn’t bother with the “VIP Tour” that the Marlins gave to Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson — the other high-profile free agents the team has wined and dined in an effort to lure them to South Florida.

Miami Marlins Show They Are Not Bluffing

Just a few days after the Miami Marlins made a splash in the free agent market by signing closer Heath Bell, the Marlins were back at it again.  On Sunday night it was announced that the Marlins had come to terms on a six year, $106 million contract with free agent shortstop Jose Reyes. Many believed that after unveiling new uniforms and changing their name to the Miami Marlins...

Daily Friar 12.6.11

  The first day of the winter meetings proved to be a busy one, for other teams that is. Some moves were made, but mostly it was all discussion. It will remain to be seen if any discussion from yesterday will lead to moves today. Here are your links for today: Submit aritlces and follow me on twitter @M_Rennick Padres, Heath Bell officially part ways - "On...

Padres closing in on trade for Rox closer Street

On Monday, the Padres officially lost closer Heath Bell, as the three-time All-Star completed his deal with the Marlins.

Mailbag: Marlins building a house of cards

Mailbag: The Marlins' spending spree on Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and possibly Albert Pujols will make the team a contender in the short term, but a history of tepid fan support in the region will not sustain a large payroll over the long haul.

Tom Verducci: Marlins not done shopping yet

The Marlins already have lured Heath Bell and Jose Reyes. Miami is not ready to stop spending yet, writes Tom Verducci. Albert Pujols? The unpredictable Marlins say they are serious.

Winter Meetings Kicking Off

There's not a better time of the MLB off-season than the annual GM Winter Meetings. GMs from all of the clubs, players and agents all converge to talk free agency, seal deals and create buzz. The meetings kickoff today in Dallas and will go through the end of the week. We've already seen the newly named Miami Marlins make an expected splash by signing closer Heath Bell...
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