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.
Leo Nunez, who had 36 saves this year, is on the restricted list after he admitted to playing under an assumed name.
The Marlins' move into a new ballpark next year has improved their financial outlook, allowing them to become more active in free agency. They've also courted slugger Albert Pujols, left-handers Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson.