Welp, that’s a relief. I don’t know whether the Jays’ name and reluctance to confirm or deny anything was simply being used to enhance the market for Heath Bell, if the pitcher spurned them for Miami, or if Anthopoulos simply wouldn’t give the vesting option for a fourth year that probably ultimately landed him (though I’d bet money it’s the first thing), but the Miami Marlins have come to terms with the now ex-Padres closer, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.
The deal is for three years and $27-million, plus that vesting option for a fourth season. MLBTR is following the story, and also has the details on Miami’s subsequent release of Juan Carlos Oviedo– aka Leo Nunez– who is in some legal hot water in the Dominican Republic over his stolen alias. “It’s unlikely any team will pursue Oviedo until his legal issues are behind him,” MLBTR says.
Crisis averted. Well… unless you’re Juan Carlos Oviedo.