The St. Louis Cardinals appear to be the next team to make an addition to their roster to help their postseason chances. They are nearing a deal with the Miami Marlins that will see them acquire right-handed reliever Steve Cishek to help bolster the Cardinals’ bullpen, as first reported by Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
The Marlins are on the verge of selling off their first major piece. It is no doubt disappointing for the Marlins to be entering the trade deadline as sellers after a busy offseason that saw them net several veteran players to help push them towards a postseason berth, but they have underachieved all season and are in fourth place in the National League East division.
Cishek has had a rocky year. The former Miami closer saw his ERA balloon up to 10.32 as he struggled with his command and blew several save opportunities before getting yanked from the ninth inning by the Marlins. He has improved since then and lowered his ERA to 4.50. He looks to join a Cardinals’ bullpen that has been used frequently this season and adding another experienced reliever should help take some stress off some of their other relievers as hopefully Cishek can return to the dominating form he has been over the past several seasons and will hopefully strengthen the back end of the Cardinals bullpen. He will also hopefully be available to lock down some saves down the road to give current closer Trevor Rosenthal a much-needed breather.