Miami Marlins: Team Keeping Bullpen Together A Good Idea
The Miami Marlins are not in contention for the National League East or any wildcard spot. The team has relievers that contenders may want, but the Marlins are not going to give away any of the team’s core part of the bullpen. Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn are both hot commodities for teams looking to upgrade their bullpen, but Miami does not want to trade either player.
The Marlins have a lot of history of making deadline deals and lopsided trades, but this decision to keep both players will end up beneficial for the franchise. Cishek has become the team’s set closer this year after having to battle a bullpen-by-committee manager Mike Redmond.
The 27-year-old has saved 20 of the team’s 38 wins this season. He also has finished a league-leading 38 games this season, but has a career-high 3.14 K/BB. The more experience Cishek gets, the better he will pitch for the team in the future, assuming that Miami does not trade him at any other point of time.
Dunn has become a good setup man for Cishek. After being traded from the Atlanta Braves in 2011, Dunn has pitched in 151 1/3 innings for Miami and has posted a 3.63 ERA. After a pretty bad 2012 season, Dunn has settled down and has become more effective lowering his ERA from a near 5.00 to 2.64 this season in nearly the same amount of innings.
Keeping both players could end up being the best decision the team has made this season.