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Marlins in on Heath Bell, Madson rejects meeting with Marlins.

Marlins in on Heath Bell, Madson rejects meeting with Marlins.

Marlins in on Heath Bell, Madson rejects meeting with Marlins.

Jon Heyman of Si tweets "miami #marlins met with heath bell. team seems very aggressive. this is no publicity stunt." @SI_JonHeyman

Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that with questions about Juan Oviedo (a.k.a., Leo Nunez), the Marlins are going strong after Heath Bell. "While Bell's strikeout rate declined in 2011 from 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 2010 to 7.3 this year, his average fastball velocity (94 mph), WHIP (1.15), ERA (2.44) and opponents' batting average (.223) were all in line with his previous performance."

Heyman also tweets "madson declined to meet with marlins because offer wasnt right. but heath bell did meet with them." @SI_JonHeyman

The Marlins have been targeting many high priced free agents like Reyes, Pujols, Buehrle, and Wilson.  Madson is the first free agent we've heard turn down the Marlins offer for being too low, but we have heard that the Pujols offer wasn't as high as he'd hoped for.

 

By Truth and rumors
Thursday, 1 Dec 2011

 

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