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Marlins remove Heath Bell from ninth-inning role

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After watching Heath Bell blow his fourth save in seven chances Friday against the Padres, the Marlins are finally ready to make a change. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald brings the breaking news:

Heath Bell out as closer for the time being. #marlins

— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 5, 2012


Edward Mujica, Ryan Webb and Steve Cishek seem likely to split save opportunities going forward.

Bell signed a three-year, $27 million free agent contract with the Fish this offseason after posting a dominant 2.53 ERA, 9.4 K/9 and 134 saves in five years for the Padres. Through his first 8 2/3 innings with Miami, the 34-year-old right-hander has registered an 11.42 ERA, 6.2 K/9 and only three converted saves.