Originally posted on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 12/1/11
Confirming multiple reports, the Marlins have been in contact with free agent closer Heath Bell, but a deal is not imminent. While the Marlins believe Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly Leo Nunez) will be available to pitch in 2012, his immigration status remains nebulous at best. The most this Marlins’ front office has ever paid a reliever is the $3.65 million Juan Carlos Oviedo earned in 2011. Signing Bell or Ryan Madson, who also has reportedly received an offer, would signal a philosophical shift for the Marlins. They’ve never allocated significant dollars to the bullpen, but they’ve done well on one-year deals with guys like Armando Benitez, Joe Borowski, Todd Jones and Kevin Gregg. Bell, 34, earned $7.5 million in 2011 and reportedly is looking for a three-year deal. The Marlins and Padres spoke about Bell before the 2009 non-waiver trade deadline. The Marlins balked at the Padres’ request for Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller. Maybin ended up in San Diego anyway. Last offseason the ...
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