The Miami Marlins have made it known that closer Steve Cishek is not getting traded. It seems that the Marlins actually want to hang on to the 27-year-old right-handed pitcher that has been taking the closer duties for most of the season, although at one point manager Mike Redmond was doing a closer-by-committee process.
Cishek may be off the block but if the right price comes along, a contender may come and scoop him up. The Boston Red Sox are one team that needs some bullpen help after Andrew Miller went on the disabled list with a broken foot and could miss the rest of the season. Miller’s absence puts the Red Sox in a tight spot in the middle of a division race with not time to spare. Adding Cishek could be a possibility.
This season, Cishek has already set a career-high in saves with 17 already in July. He has not been the steadiest closer for Miami but has shown consistency at times. He has a 2.7 K/BB with a 2.82 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched. He has only grown as a reliver since taking Heath Bell‘s spot last season as Bell struggled mightily.
If the Red Sox fail at getting Cishek, the organization could also turn to the Chicago White Sox and seek out Matt Thornton.
Thornton has become another hot commodity on the trade market and his availability is unknown at this time. Thornton is also 27 and is more of a relief pitcher than a closer and could possibly help Boston more since he has more experience than Cishek. In 39 games, Thornton has a 4.00 ERA and has allowed 12 runs on 25 hits.