Heath Bell signed a huge contract to come and pitch for the Miami Marlins last winter. He joined Jose Reyes and Mark Buerhle, and they all planned on putting the Marlins back on the map. Of course, nothing has worked in any side of the word as Heath Bell has been absolutely terrible this year. He’s lost his closer job, and is owed 34 million dollars over the next 2 years. The Marlins apparently are pretty fed up with Bell’s performance and rumblings are started to take place that Heath Bell could be moved in August, or next winter. The problem the Marlins face? The money. Who in the heck is going to want to pay this guy the money owed when he can’t get anyone out?
If the Marlins do put Bell on the block, they’re going to have to eat the majority of the money, and they likely won’t get any prime prospects back. I would suggest they keep Heath Bell, and hope he turns it around next year. He’s been VERY successful as a reliever and a closer so there’s no reason to think that this year he just didn’t have it. That’s not to say he’ll have next year, but when your paying that kind of salary, there’s no point to pay him 90% of it if he’s playing for another team.
It’s going to be an interesting offseason for the Marlins, and we’ll find out what they have in store. I personally think they’re going to try and blow the team up in huge ways, but that’s just me. I’d love to hear your thoughts Marlins fans. Tell us what YOU think they need to do to turn it around.
Let’s see where MLB Rumors take us for the rest of the year, and into the offseason.