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Ozzie Guillen doesn’t sound married to keeping Heath Bell as the closer

May 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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More Marlins stuff because, well, why not.

When asked about Heath Bell‘s performance last night and his prospects of remaining the Marlins’ closer, Ozzie Guillen sounded pretty non-committal:

“My job is to win games. I’m going to put the best guy we think is doing the job there. This is a tough call to any position because we spend a lot of money on this kid (Bell). I’ve got to put my best guy out there, and right now he’s not our best guy.”

Steve Cishek and Edward Mujica, call your office.

  1. Old Gator - May 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Mujica will most likely remain the setup man. He does have a tendency to float a beachball to the plate in critical situations. Me for Cishek until we see what Jennings brings to the table. On the other hand, it’s critical to give Bell every opportunity to get himself straightened out. I suspect that this season is already in the tank – and I don’t mean the ones behind home plate; they’re for Mr. Creosote – because this team didn’t do enough to address its problems with run production over the offseason. Now the most expendable players who were potential big-trade bait, Tweeter and Gaby, look terrible and won’t fetch much.

    I also think it’s time to admit that although Larry Beinfest is certainly not down there with the Minayas and Hendrys, he dined out for some time after 2003 on a team of homegrowns he inherited largely from Dave Dombrowski. His own picks, however compromised by Scrooge McLoria’s feescal policies prior to this past orfseason, have been competent but hardly the works of genius some admirers seemed to think they were.

    • vivabear - May 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Hhmmm….For some reason I bet the cubs would trade Garza to Miami for Zambrano.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 3, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        Um, no.

      • vivabear - May 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

        Sorry WMSK…you aren’t in on the theme from the offseason. The one where Gator continually insisted the Marlins could have simply asked for Garza instead of Zambrano, and given up the same package to end up with him.

  2. Utley's Hair - May 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Ouch…Heath Bell, you are no Fidel Castro.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 3, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Fidel was a minor league Baseball Cuba top 100 prospect back in the day and maybe since Ozzie has a man-crush be could ring him up……

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Ozzie’s smartest quote of 2012 so far.

  4. chibios - May 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    lol @ Bell being referred to as “kid”

    • ptfu - May 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      Bell IS a kid. A giant, goateed one. Check out any of his interviews, especially this one:
      http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Answer-Man-Padres-Heath-Bell-talks-toys-consp?urn=mlb,230274

      Bell is awesome, no matter how he pitches.

  5. captainwisdom8888 - May 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Heath Bell is a close relative of Kenny fu**cking Powers

  6. icanspeel - May 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    With 27 mill over 3 years invested in him, they better hope he turns it around sooner than later. Sometimes losing the closer role can help since it takes some of the 9th inning pressure off and brings the focus back to just pitching.

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