AP source: Bell, Marlins agree to $27 million deal

December 2, 2011 - 1:06 PM

AP Sports Writer (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that All-Star closer Heath Bell has agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract with the Miami Marlins — their first free-agent deal since beginning courtships last month with several top players.

The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced. It is subject to Bell passing a physical.

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

The deal was first reported by ESPN.com.

The Marlins are uncertain of the availability of their closer this year, Leo Nunez. He's on the restricted list after he admitted to playing under an assumed name.

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