Miami Marlins Rumors: Steve Cishek Draws Interest Around the League

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According to multiple reports, Steve Cishek has drawn interest among a handful of teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Two of the NL’s division leaders stand as the lead candidates for now, but Chris Cotillo, one of SB Nation’s MLB Daily Dish reporters, noted that some American League clubs express interest in the 6’6 righty as well.

With Scott Kazmir and Aramis Ramirez already traded away, it appears as if Cishek may be the next player off the table. So what can Miami get in return for Cishek?

With heightened interest among six teams, it appears as if the Marlins may receive more than they deserve for a former closer. Cishek posts an unimpressive 2-6 record, 4.65 ERA, and 1.64 WHIP. While he does possess a FIP of 3.45, well under his ERA, his four blown saves stand out next to just his three converted opportunities in 2015.

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Cishek’s poor performance led to the loss of his closer role to A.J. Ramos. Despite a year of on-field trouble for the 29-year-old righty reliever, contenders in both league’s still retain interest in his talent. He is signed thru 2015 ($6.65 million), arbitration eligible in 2016, and free agent eligible in 2018.

A top five organizational prospect should not be expected in return for a struggling Cishek, but any minor league depth will help a depleted Miami Marlins farm system.

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