According to both Jon Heyman and the Miami Herald, the Marlins are pursuing Heath Bell(notes) aggressively. The reports mention Andrew Miller(notes) and Sean West(notes) as potential trade chips headed to San Diego. Heyman says the Fish and Pads are "in serious discussions."
If you're a Bell owner, this is the move you want. Bell would clearly fill the closer's role in Florida, bumping Leo Nunez(notes) and the soon-to-return Matt Lindstrom(notes) to supporting roles. The bullpen picture in San Diego is murkier. Mike Adams(notes) is my preferred add, based on recent usage (eighth inning) and absolutely stellar performance (20 Ks and 3 BB in 18.0 IP, 0.72 WHIP). Luke Gregerson(notes) has been outstanding as well, but he's taken the seventh inning in recent set-up situations (examples: July 28, July 24).
The Padres don't need to make a move, of course, but they're obviously listening to offers. ESPN reports that San Diego and Boston talked "at length" on Wednesday about Adrian Gonzalez(notes). Asked by the Union-Tribune to address various rumors, Gonzalez had this to say:
"I could see me being traded, but I think the price would be very beneficial to the Padres, so I don’t know if another team would do that." ... "My guess is that if I were traded, the team as a whole would be better off because of what they got in return. But you can’t really think about what you can’t control."
You know which team would definitely not be better off? My NL-only blog league squad, Elvis Donut. If you're a Gonzalez owner in such a format, move to acquire a corner infielder now, today, before the rest of your league recognizes your terrible desperation.
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