Marlins Adding Bullpen Depth Spells Changing Role for Cishek
Looks like the Steve Cishek experiment may be over fairly soon. Sporting a 15.43 ERA in this three appearances, it seems that the plug is being pulled on Cishek, which may be a smart move considering the Marlins already have a lot of rookies and young players at high-stake positions.
So the Marlins went out and signed David Aardsma to a minor league deal, as he will report to AAA New Orleans to get some work in. The Marlins had the worst bullpen, but that distinction seems to belong to the Washington Nationals – for now. Enlisting a veteran arm, a guy who has recored 38 and 31 saves before, may be a solid move. Getting Cishek back into a setup role may give him back his confidence and routine while also adding more depth to the pen.
Reports that the Marlins were going after Francisco Rodriguez were false but indicative that the Marlins were thinking of bolstering the pen and making a move.
Let’s face it, this Marlins team is not generating offense right now but its pitching seems to be very sustainable. Continuing to improve the pitching side of the equation will give this team hope for the future while it assesses its talents on offense.