New York Yankees
The Yankees just won’t go away and have won six of their last ten — including three straight — to bring themselves within three games of the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles and 1.5 games out of the Wild Card. But their pitching has been a proverbial train wreck, having lost starters C.C. Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda for extended periods, forcing them to rely on a rag-tag assembly of starters and heavily taxing the bullpen. New York’s bullpen has registered exactly 300 innings of work and a 3.78 collective ERA — good for 22nd best in baseball.
But when you’re the Yankees your season is never over so don’t be surprised if they make another deal or two before the stretch run. Cishek would be an affordable — everyone’s affordable for the Yanks — piece that would solidify the back-end of a bullpen which desperately needs depth behind its inexperienced starting pitchers.
In a perfect world, the Marlins might be able to pluck top catching prospect Gary Sanchez for Cishek, but don’t expect that to actually happen. Perhaps Miami could ask for someone like 22 year-old Tyler Austin, who has recently seen minor league time in left field but was a corner infielder his first two pro years. Because, good lord, do the Marlins need infield help.