The Miami Marlins stripped relief pitcher Steve Cishek from the closer’s role on Tuesday. Cishek had an earned run average of 10.23. He had blown four saves in 13 games this season leading to losing the closing job. Marlins manager Mike Redmond elaborated on why he pulled Cishek out.
Shrek [Cishek] has done a tremendous job for us, but at the end of the day, it’s about winning games. It’s tough to win in the big leagues, and when you get late leads, you’ve got to be able to lock them down.
With that happening, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Miami Marlins reportedly ‘expressed interest’ in signing free agent veteran reliever Rafael Soriano. Talks reportedly died down as Friasro reported that Soriano’s asking price is way too high still, and that “Soriano isn’t the only alternative as the Marlins frantically try to figure out what to do about locking down the final outs of games.”
Soriano saved 32 games with a 3.19 earned run average with the Nationals last season. Soriano however lost his job in the 2nd half of the season due to his 7.29 earned run average.
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