It would appear that, when it comes to the trade market for relief pitchers, selling teams are making their guys available in sets of two.
The San Diego Padres had Huston Street to go along with Joaquin Benoit. The Houston Astros are shopping both Chad Qualls and Tony Sipp. And the Miami Marlins are reportedly shopping closer Steve Cishek and lefty Mike Dunn.
Jon Heyman reports the following regarding the Marlins and their two relievers:
With Huston Street off the market after being traded to the Angels, and Jonathan Papelbon‘s contract fairly unpalatable, Cishek may be considered the top current closer on the market — barring Boston more seriously considering a deal for superstar closer Koji Uehara…
…Left-hander Mike Dunn is another Marlin bullpen piece that could interest teams.
The Marlins are a little bit late coming to the party when it comes to this summer’s sellers, but goodness knows that there is never a shortage of interest in quality bullpen arms. This year’s market is especially interesting because multiple contending teams have a void in the closer’s role. That group includes the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, and pending the overall performance of Joe Nathan, the Detroit Tigers.
Most teams will open their trade phone calls to the Marlins with a casual mention of slugger Giancarlo Stanton: “So, how do you feel about your 24-year-old, cost-controlled, power-hitting, right-handed batting outfielder? Are you sure you don’t want to trade him? We’ll probably keep asking, you know. Still nothing? Fine then.”
Once trade partners give up on those pursuits, they can still engage the Marlins about a couple quality relievers in Cishek and Dunn.