Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:42:30 -0700
The Miami Marlins could consider trading RP Steve Cishek this offseason because the team has some power arms in their minor league system. Cishek could be involved in a trade for offensive help.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:36:43 -0700
The Detroit Tigers are not searching for a closer on the trade market thanks to the success of RP Joaquin Benoit. Instead, they're looking for a pitcher to bolster their bullpen in the seventh or eighth innings. The Tigers don't have many options, though, and they're no longer looking at Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon. Detroit has already been shot down on Baltimore Orioles RP Francisco Rodriguez, Miami Marlins RP Steve Cishek, Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins and Seattle Mariners RP Oliver Perez.
Fantasy Tip: This cements Benoit's value as Detroit's unquestioned closer, and he is in no current danger of getting booted from the ninth.
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:41:24 -0700
The Detroit Tigers asked about Miami Marlins RP Steve Cishek, but the cost was too high for Detroit.
Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:40:28 -0700
The Detroit Tigers have been happy with the production of RP Joaquin Benoit since he took over as closer. He has allowed just one run over 8 1/3 innings since moving into the role, while striking out 15 batters and walking just three. They continue to scout other teams for bullpen help, and Miami Marlins RP Steve Cishek was one named bandied about, but it appears any addition would be to bolster the back-end of the bullpen in a setup role, but not for the closer spot.
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:06:35 -0700
The Miami Marlins are receiving calls about the availability of RPs Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, Ryan Webb and Chad Qualls.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 07:30:05 -0700
The Miami Marlins have told teams that CL Steve Cishek and RP Mike Dunn are not available in trades.
Mon, 20 May 2013 22:20:36 -0700
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said following the game Monday, May 20, that Steve Cishek is no longer the only closer. "We're going to use everybody," he said, mentioning Cishek, Chad Qualls and Mike Dunn by name. Qualls was warming up Monday when Miami was holding a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning but was used in the ninth inning in a non-save situation. Left-handed bats are hitting .333 versus Cishek, while right-handed hitters are hitting just .111.
Fantasy Tip: A.J. Ramos might be included in this group as well. Still, this is looking like a messy situation for fantasy purposes. If Cishek improves on his weakness, he'd probably be given a shot to get the job back all to himself, but Redmond won't look to do that in the near future without a clear turnaround from Cishek. Don't drop him, though, as he's probably still the lead option.
Dunn, who likely was unavailable Monday after pitching on two straight days, is your best bet for speculation because he's the chief late-innings lefty and has so far been OK versus right-handed bats. Qualls and Ramos could sneak in deep-league value, as well, but they may cancel each other out often.
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:48:20 -0700
Miami Marlins RP Steve Cishek has thrown in the bullpen every day since his last save chance Sunday, April 7, except for Wednesday, April 10, and Thursday, April 11. He's allowed four runs and four hits in 1 1/3 innings in his last two outings. "I just want to get a feel for my slider again because I've been throwing it a lot in bullpens," Cishek said. "Without it I'm a one-pitch pitcher for the most part. It's important."
Fantasy Tip: Cishek is a low-end closer, mainly because he pitches for arguably the weakest team in the league, meaning he won't receive many save chances. On top of it, he's off to a rough start. He can perform well in the closer role if he is consistent with his slider, but how often will those closures come?
Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:02:44 -0700
Miami Marlins RP Steve Cishek is trying to refine his changeup this spring, and he worked on it in a minor league game Tuesday, March 19. Manager Mike Redmond said it's important for a sidearm pitcher like Cishek to constantly evolve.
Fantasy Tip: Cishek will come as a cheap source of saves because of his lack of experience and the fact that he plays for a team that is pretty much already penciled in to finish last in the NL East. If he continues to dominate righty sticks and exhibits good control, he'll help your pitching cats even if he doesn't register a ton of saves.
Sun, 17 Feb 2013 18:51:24 -0800
The Miami Marlins are confident with RP Steve Cishek serving as the closer in 2013. Cishek posted 15 saves while allowing a .183 average with runners in scoring position (RISP). The bullpen depth after Cishek is worrisome after that.
Fantasy Tip: Cishek might be a solid low-end fantasy closer in most formats, as when the Marlins actually do win a game, they will be closer and in need of Cishek.