Marlins and Bell Finalize a $27 Million Deal

Bell had more than 40 saves each of the past three seasons for the San Diego Padres

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    San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell pumps his fist after getting the last out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Petco Park on June 4, 2011.

    All-Star closer Heath Bell and the splurging Miami Marlins have finalized a $27 million, three-year contract, a day after the team reached a preliminary agreement on a $106 million, six-year deal with All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes.

    Bell had more than 40 saves each of the past three seasons for the San Diego Padres, including 43 in 48 chances this year with a 2.44 ERA.

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