Found December 01, 2011 on
Jim Bowden of ESPN.com is reporting that Heath Bell is nearing a deal with an unknown team. A few weeks ago, the Padres offered Bell a two-year contract, though it is speculated that Bell could receive a three-year deal worth more than $30mm.
The Marlins and Blue Jays are known to be looking for an experienced closer, but you can never count the Red Sox out who recently lost their closer. Another team that has to be in the mix is the Angels who are in need of bullpen help and are just north of where Bell currently lives at in San Diego.
Image taken by SD Dirk and used under the Creative Commons License Agreement.
BEST OF MAXIM
The biggest name on the Padres appears to be ready to make a decision. Where, is still up in the air, but Jim Bowden of ESPN tweeted this evening
"A source close to Heath Bell said his FA deal is about done but no word on what team it is... so not sure you should have read this tweet"
That doesn't mean he won't be a Padre, but it doesn't mean he will either...
REELING 'EM IN
The Marlins reportedly have made a big splash by signing former Padres closer Heath Bell to a 3-year, $27 million deal, pending a physical.
Most experts believe the Blue Jays are in the lead for Heath Bell, the former Met is the top closer left on the market and it's believed that he is seeking at least a three year deal. There's just no way the Mets and Bell would reunite, Bell still feels scorned by his treatment when he was with the Mets and the new Met regime isn't giving a multi-year deal. Bell has...
The free-agent market for closers got a little smaller late Thursday night and once again, it was one of the market's best pitchers changing teams. Heath Bell has come to terms on a three-year deal with the Miami Marlins, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark. The deal is reportedly worth $27 million, pending a physical on Friday. Bell, considered the one of the best closers in...
When the Miami Marlins signed Heath Bell to a three year, $27 million contract Thursday night, the reaction on Twitter was…well, do I even need to tell you? It’s like clockwork; some team signs Proven Closer X to an expensive contract, and the sabermetric Twitterverse nigh explodes with negativity and snark. All this has happened before. All this will happen again.*
Former Padres closer agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract with the Miami Marlins (still feels weird to type that) yesterday, taking yet another top closer off the market. The deal reportedly has a vesting option for a fourth year.
It's a slightly perplexing destination for Bell. Yes, the Marlins are getting more aggressive in free agency (and appear to be the only...
The Marlins are on the verge of their first major coup of the
offseason â a three-year, $27 million contract
with free-agent closer Heath Bell, according to a major league
With the uncertainty surrounding Juan Carlos Oviedo, the Marlins took no chances, agreeing to a three-year deal with All-Star closer Heath Bell.
Now that the Marlins have agreed to terms with Heath Bell, the club won't be tendering Juan Carlos Oviedo a contract, a source tells Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio (Twitter link). Oviedo was projected to earn $5.8MM in arbitration this winter and would've almost certainly been non-tendered even if the Marlins hadn't signed a new closer. The non-tender deadline is...
Left-hander Chris Capuano has agreed to terms with an unknown team, reports Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio (on Twitter).