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Angels, Dodgers in battle for Padres closer Heath Bell

July 31, 2009 | 11:13 am

Bell The Angels and Dodgers are engaged in trade talks this morning for Heath Bell, the San Diego Padres' All-Star closer.

The Florida Marlins are among the other teams to have pursued Bell, but a source familiar with the talks said the Padres have narrowed the field to the Angels and Dodgers.

Both the Angels and Dodgers have made relief help a priority in trade talks. Bell would set up for Brian Fuentes with the Angels and could join George Sherrill and Jonathan Broxton in a late-inning mix with the Dodgers.

-- Bill Shaikin

Photo: San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell reacts after closing out the game against the Dodgers on July 4. Credit: Denis Poroy / Associated Press