The Miami Marlins do not have an actual closer. Steve Cishek has been filling the role ever since the disaster that was Heath Bell lost his job in the middle of last season and was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason. Cishek has not been the most reliable closer, but other teams might look at him to be a setup man.
However, as the deadline approaches, the Marlins have told teams that Cishek is not available, making it more than likely that he is the Marlins’ closer of the immediate future.
Cishek has been in Miami since being drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Cishek made his debut with the team in 2010, appearing in three games, but it was not until 2012 that he got a lot of time on the mound. Cishek stole the closer role from Bell last year and recorded 15 saves with a 2.69 ERA and 68 strikeouts. He was one of the bright spots in the Marlins’ bullpen, but 2013 has been a complete turnaround.
The Marlins are using a bullpen-by-committee because the relief pitching is bad. Cishek only has five saves this season to go along with a 4.50 ERA. However, he is one of the players that the Marlins believe in, and he will more than likely stay with the team for another season.