Miami Marlins Should Lock Up Steve Cishek

By Ryan Gaydos
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins were bad this season. 100 losses almost confirms that the season that the Marlins had in 2013 has been one of the worst in franchise history. It was almost as bad as the 1998 season, the year after they won the World Series. One thing you can point out about the Marlins’ season was how good a few handful of players were, one of them being closer Steve Cishek.

Since stealing the closer role from Heath Bell in the middle of last season, Cishek has been remarkable. In 2012, he posted a 2.69 ERA with a 9.6 K/9 and 15 saves since becoming closer. This season was his coming-out year, and he has handled the role manager Mike Redmond gave him with ease.

Cishek lowered his ERA to 2.43, and he has 32 saves in his first full year as the Marlins’ closer. His excellent season, given the circumstances, cannot go unnoticed.

The Marlins are going to enter the offseason with a lot of question marks, but the front office can solidify the bullpen for the future by locking up Cishek. Currently, his deal is only for one year, which is worth about $500K. With the way he has pitched, Cishek is going to get paid, and it may not be this year by the Marlins.

Miami does have Nick Wittgren in the system, who is proving to be a very good reliever in the minors. Wittgren is going to play in the Arizona Fall League, which will give the Marlins a better idea about who they have in the bullpen’s future.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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