Posted July 11, 2012

Ozzie Guillen: Heath Bell out as closer, Marlins to try committee approach

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Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said in a radio interview on Tuesday that he will clear the air with closer Heath Bell over the next few days and that the Marlins will begin using a closer-by-committee, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

After Bell allowed three runs in a 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Guillen said:

“I have to make a decision, and if I have to make a solution that will be drastic, I will do it. We’re going to wait until after the All-Star break, and I’m going to pick whoever is better out there to close the game. That’s the bottom line. If you can’t do the job, we’ll find somebody else to do the job.”

Bell signed a three-year, $27 million deal in the offseason but has blown six of 25 save opportunities and is 2-5 with a 6.75 ERA.

Frisaro said that righty Steve Cishek is “the likely first choice to close,” but that lefty Randy Choate, right Edward Mujica and righty Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly Leo Nunez) could also get their chances.