(NEW YORK) — When the Miami Marlins signed closer Heath Bell to a lucrative free agent contract, they thought they’d be getting the guy who was coming off consecutive All-Star seasons. Instead, he’s been one of the worst closers in baseball, and manager Ozzie Guillen has reached his breaking point.
“If Heath Bell does not pitch the way he should be pitching, we are not going anywhere,” Guillen said. “If he continues to pitch the way he has pitched, we’re done.”
Before signing with the Marlins, Bell had established himself as one of hte best closers in all of baseball. He is coming of three consecutive 40+ save seasons with the San Diego Padres but this year has been a different story.
At the All-Star break, Bell has appeared in 40 games overall and has 19 saves which is fifth in the National League. Unfortunately for the Marlins that’s where the good news ends with Bell. He has six blown saves and an ERA of 6.75.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News
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