MLB Free Agents 2012: 5 Teams That Should Be Vying for Heath Bell

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MLB Free Agents 2012: 5 Teams That Should Be Vying for Heath Bell
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A premier closer is wasted on a last-place team, and the Padres will have to settle for Type-A free-agent compensation when Heath Bell is rewarded this offseason. Only Mariano Rivera can compare to Bell’s consistent dominance over the last five years, and he could fetch more than fellow free-agent Jonathan Papelbon to become to second highest paid player at the position.

The market for elite closers should be tempered by recent excessive deals to Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano, as the value of a ninth-inning eater fluctuates based on the needs on top-spending contenders.

Here are five teams that have the payroll room and need for an elite closer like Heath Bell to push them over the top.

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