For the second straight trade deadline, the Miami Marlins are getting feelers for their bullpen. Closer Steve Cishek is again being sought out by teams looking for key rotation pieces to solidify a postseason berth, and for the first time in awhile, Mike Dunn‘s name is being brought up as well.
Cishek has been the centerpiece of the Marlins bullpen for the last few years and has actually been solid. Last year, he led the league in games finished with 62 and has already finished 35 of the 42 games he has appeared in. Cishek has 21 saves, but also a bit of a high 3.57 ERA. He has an impressive 10.5 K/9, increased from last season’s 9.6.
The former fifth-round pick would help any team in the bullpen, but the Marlins need him more. Miami is 8.5 games out of first place, and even if the goal is just not to finish last in 2014, trading a guy like Cishek would only hurt the bullpen in the future.
As for Dunn, it is his fourth season with the Marlins. The lefty specialist has recorded seven wins as a reliever. After a slow start to the season, Dunn has recovered nicely, lowering his ERA to 3.44 after it was over 6.00 in the beginning of the season. At the time, you could have made a case for Dunn’s departure, but his recovery is a good sign for Miami.
Miami needs Dunn because of the A.J. Ramos injury. With that said, the Marlins should keep Dunn and Cishek for the rest of the year and reevaluate the bullpen at the end of the season.