Why does there have to be anymore Miami Marlins rumors floating around Major League Baseball? When the rumors do float, why is it about the Marlins raffling off one of its players? It is about time Jeffrey Loria gets something for his selling of half the team. This time, Marlins closer Steve Cishek is drawing interests from team that are in need of a closer. The only thing is Cishek is the Marlins current closer so why are the Marlins even answering any phone calls for the improving sinker-ball pitcher?
Not trying to make Cishek sound like the next Mariano Rivera or Trevor Hoffman because he is not even close to either of those players. Cishek is a high commodity for the Marlins since he started out with the team and is not making that much money playing in Miami. Last season, Cishek stole the closer role away from Heath Bell and Mike Dunn after both players were putting up terrible numbers on the mound. When he got the full-time role, he tallied 15 saves in 68 games with a 2.69 ERA. The Marlins bullpen has been bad the past few years, but it looks like the team has found a real-life closer.
Trading him is not going to be good for the team unless a superstar is in the mix and there isn’t a team that would be willing to give up a superstar for a closer when closers come and go on teams as it is already. Cishek is better off staying in a Marlins uniform for the rest of his career. Put the end to the rumors already.