The Miami Marlins and free-agent closer Heath Bell have agreed on a three-year, $27 million dollar contract, pending a physical according to ESPN.com.
A league source said the three-year deal will guarantee Bell $9 million annually and includes a vesting option for a fourth year.
Bell is one of the top closers available this offseason and the 34-year-old right-hander is coming off a 43-save season with the Padres making him the only closer in baseball who has saved 40-plus games in each of the past three seasons.
Bell was 43 of 48 on save opportunities last season and finished the year with a 2.44 ERA and a WHIP of 1.15.
Thoughts from Joe D.
Am I concerned? Of course I am, Bell is an elite closer and certainly better than any of the names the Mets are currently sifting through. The Marlins were only five games worse than the Mets last season and they may have already made up that ground and they’re not done yet.