Chicago Cubs Need Heath Bell as Their Next Closer

January 10, 2010 by  

While the Cubs starting eight appear to be set, there is one pressing need in the bullpen left to be filled. Ah, but is that a set-up man, as we've been led to believe, or a true closer?

For if the Cubs can somehow pull off a trade for the San Diego Padres' Heath Bell, they could move Carlos Marmol back where he belongs, as the Cubs' set-up man.

I know it may be somewhat farfetched, but bear with me for a minute. First of all, the Padres know they aren't going anywhere in 2010, so Bell's name has come up as trade fodder.

Second, Marmol is coming off a season where his control was just short of Steve Blass-like. Sure, his slider remains one of the best pitches in the majors, but if he comes into the ninth inning and ...

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