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Nationals Agree to Deals with Dan Uggla and Heath Bell

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Nationals have agreed to minor league deals with reliever Heath Bell and second baseman Dan Uggla that also include invitations to spring training.

The 34-year-old Uggla, who is a three-time All-Star, has struggled the past three seasons, hitting .194 with 43 home runs for the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants. He was released by Atlanta last season after the All-Star break and picked up by the Giants. He played in only four games for San Francisco before being designated for assignment and declining to go to the minor leagues.

The 37-year-old Bell, who saved at least 42 games from 2009 to 2011 for the San Diego Padres, played for the Tampa Bay Rays last season. He appeared in 13 games and compiled a 1-1 record, 7.27 ERA and 1.85 WHIP before being released in May. Bell then signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees.

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Rays Acquire Hanigan, Bell In Three-Team Trade

iStockphoto(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays acquired catcher Ryan Hanigan from the Cincinnati Reds and right-handed reliever Heath Bell from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, in a three-team trade.

The Rays sent minor league right-handed pitcher Justin Chaote and a player to be named to Arizona. The D-Backs dealt left-handed pitcher David Holmberg to the Reds. Tampa Bay will also receive cash considerations from Arizona.

The 33-year-old Hanigan agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Rays, with a club option for 2017, worth a guaranteed $10.75 million. He spent his entire seven-year career with the Reds, where he batted .262 with a total of 20 home runs and 138 RBIs.

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Diamondbacks, Athletics, and Marlins Involved In Three-Team Trade

Major League Baseball(Phoenix) -- A three-team trade between the Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Oakland Athletics has been agreed upon. Closer Heath Bell will be sent to Arizona as well as outfielder Cliff Pennington, and Oakland gets outfielder Chris Young. The Marlins will also acquire prospect Yorby Cabrera.

Bell becomes the latest player traded away from the Marlins. An All-Star in 2011, Bell struggled mightily with the Marlins after signing a three-year deal worth $27 million. In 2012, he went 4-5 with a 5.09 ERA along with eight blown saves. He'll now be part of a talented Arizona bullpen. The Diamondbacks will cover $13 million of Bell's remaining $21 million on his contract.

Pennington has spent all five of his Major League career with the Athletics. In 2012, Pennington hit .215 with six home runs and 28 RBIs.The team is hoping her turns into an everyday shortstop.

Young spent his first seven seasons with the Diamondbacks. In 2012, he hit .231 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 101 games.

"I really like our outfield," A's general manager Billy Beane said. "Everybody knows how important this guy is to the team and also has the benefit of being a personal favorite of mine."

Beane has also said he wants to retain as much of the 2012 club as possible as opposed to years past when they've traded away some of their best players.

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Ozzie Guillen Puts the Pressure On Closer Heath Bell

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When the Miami Marlins signed closer Heath Bell to a lucrative free agent contract, they thought they'd be getting the guy who was coming off consecutive All-Star seasons. Instead, he's been one of the worst closers in baseball, and manager Ozzie Guillen has reached his breaking point.

"If Heath Bell does not pitch the way he should be pitching, we are not going anywhere," Guillen said. "If he continues to pitch the way he has pitched, we're done."

Before signing with the Marlins, Bell had established himself as one of hte best closers in all of baseball. He is coming of three consecutive 40+ save seasons with the San Diego Padres but this year has been a different story.

At the All-Star break, Bell has appeared in 40 games overall and has 19 saves which is fifth in the National League. Unfortunately for the Marlins that's where the good news ends with Bell. He has six blown saves and an ERA of 6.75.

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Marlins Demote Heath Bell From Closer's Spot

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- When the Miami Marlins signed All-Star closer Heath Bell away from the San Diego Padres this offseason, they thought they were getting the guy who saved 43 games in 2011. Instead they're being forced to remove him from the closer's spot.

Bell has struggled mightily in his first season in Miami. After blowing five saves all of last season, Bell already has four blown saves in seven chances this season. After his latest blown save on Friday, Bell's ERA ballooned all the way to 11.42. His WHIP is also an alarming 2.88. He signed a three-year $27 million contract during the offseason.

"Right now, we are going through a tough time," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It happens to the best of them. We are going to move him down for maybe a few days. It's not like we are removing him from the job. ...I made it very clear, it's not a punishment."

Guillen said that he is "leaning" towards having Steve Cishek replace Bell as the team's closer for now.

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Guillen Prepares for First Season in Miami

BananaStock/Thinkstock(JUPITER, Fla.) -- The Miami Marlins come into the 2012 baseball season as one of the most interesting teams to watch.

Ozzie Guillen is entering his first season as manager after spending the past seven seasons with the White Sox, and the Marlins have a reloaded roster which includes all-star shortstop Jose Reyes and all-star reliever Heath Bell.

To go along with those new additions, Guillen will have his former player Mark Buehrle and former cross-town rival pitcher Carlos Zambrano in the pitching rotation.  With all the expectations and playing in a competitive NL East, Guillen told ESPN that he is still going to be himself despite the change of scenery.

"I have to be myself, the reason they brought me here is because who I am and what I can do," said Guillen. "I think most of the players know me right now but I'm not going to change.  I'm 48 years old, why do I have to change?"

With the addition of Reyes, Hanley Ramirez will be making the move to third base but Guillen believes that it will be a smooth transition.

"They (Reyes and Ramirez) get along very well, I think that helps a lot," said Guillen who won a World Series in 2005 with the White Sox and was a part of the 2003 Florida Marlins staff who also won a World Series. "We have one of the best shortstops in the game playing for us.  I think Hanley is going to have a career year."

Guillen also added that he isn't concerned with the rest of the teams in the NL East and said to be the best you, "have to beat the best."

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Rockies Trade Closer Huston Street to Padres

Marc Piscotty/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The San Diego Padres didn't have to look very far to find their new closer. The team recently announced that they have acquired closer Huston Street from their division rival Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later and cash.

The Padres now fill the void at closer after their former all-star closer Heath Bell signed a 3-year contract with the Miami Marlins. Last season, Street was 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA and had 29 saves. Street may benefit the most from this trade, as he moves from Coors Field in Colorado to the pitcher-friendly Petco Park in San Diego. Street has a 4.11 ERA in his career at Coors field, while he has never allowed an earned run at Petco Park.

This trade will help the Rockies financially as well. The Padres will pay a majority of Street's $7.5 million salary in 2012 and will allow the team to pursue more starting pitchers available on the free agent market.

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Miami Marlins Welcome Heath Bell

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Miami Marlins introduced All-Star closer Heath Bell to the media Monday. The 34-year-old Bell signed a three-year deal with the Fish worth $27 million.

“I’m just really excited to be here and hugely honored,” Bell said. “Let’s go play

Bell began his career with the New York Mets, but it wasn't until he went to the San Diego Padres that he developed into one of the top closers in the game.

“There’s just a lot of buzz about the Miami Marlins,” Bell said. “You can see the ownership, they want to go win.”

Another free-agent catch the Marlins have reeled in is shortstop Jose Reyes. The 28-year-old Reyes has agreed to a six-year deal with Miami worth $106 million, according to ESPN.

With Bell and Reyes in the fold, the Marlins are reportedly setting their sights on signing the prize of this year's free-agent class, slugging first baseman Albert Pujols.

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Marlins Sign Closer Heath Bell

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Marlins have reportedly made their first-ever big free agency signing. According to, the team has signed all-star and now former San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell to a three-year contract, pending a physical. The deal is believed to valued at around $9 million per year.

Formerly known as the Florida Marlins, the team has made it their goal to improve the team before they open up their new stadium for the 2012 season.

Over the past few seasons, Bell has arguably been the best closer in all of baseball. Bell had 43 saves last season while posting a 2.44 ERA, and he's the only closer in baseball who has saved 40-plus games over the past three seasons. Bell has only been a full-time closer for the past three seasons; he primarily served as a set-up man during his first two years with the Padres.

Bell has 132 saves over the past three seasons.

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