Hoping to snag a closer or bullpen help before next week’s MLB trade deadline? The Miami Marlins might not be your best bet.
The Marlins have hinted multiple times that despite their ugly record, they’re not exactly open for business when it comes to trades. Their main goal was to trade Anibal Sanchez, which they’ve already completed and now they’re hoping to gel their youthful roster. That young roster includes current closer Steve Cishek, who the Fish say is unavailable in trade talks.
Per CBS’ Danny Knobler:
Teams still asking Marlins about Cishek, Dunn. Marlins still telling them neither available. Tigers, others, would have interest in Cishek.
Cishek is under team control through the 2017 season and it would take one hefty offer for the Marlins to part with who they deem their closer of the future.
The 27-year-old has 19 saves this season for the lowly Marlins, posting a 3.09 ERA in the process. Cishek also has an impressive 1.05 WHIP.
Submarine and sidearm pitchers usually aren’t the most effective closers (at least according to MLB scounts) as their velocity usually lacks, but Cishek seems to break the mold as he’s routinely in the lower 90′s.