The Miami Marlins are not in contention. In fact, at 32-55, they are one of the worst teams in MLB. While the Marlins have plenty of very valuable pieces worth trading before the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline, I am going to focus only on Marlins closer Steve Cishek.
It sure sounds like Cishek is going to be moved at some point. There is no question about that. The question is what the Marlins will be able to get in return for the right-handed closer. Cishek is having a very solid season for the Marlins, with a 2.97 ERA in 36.1 innings pitched. His 8.42 K/9 is very good, and his 53.6 ground ball percentage on balls in play is also great.
He has 17 saves so far in 2013. He doesn’t allow a lot of hard contact either, with just a 13.4 percent line drive rate.
While Cishek is a very good closer, he isn’t going to be the top option available, with Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon and Milwaukee Brewers relievers Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford also available. The Phillies will likely be able to get a very good package in exchange for Papelbon as long as they eat some salary.
Two obvious fits for Cishek are the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. I would guess that whichever team doesn’t acquire Papelbon is going to go hard after the Marlins’ closer. Any team that chooses to acquire Cishek should be expecting to give up a B-type prospect or at least a couple C-type prospects.