The Miami Marlins have traded right handed pitcher Steve Cishek to the St. Louis Cardinals for righty Kyle Barraclough, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. St. Louis will take on the remainder of Cishek contract, which is $6.65 million, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
#marlins are nearing deal with cardinals for Steve cishek— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 24, 2015
#marlins to receive double A RHP Kyle Barraclough from cardinals for Steve Cishek— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 24, 2015
Cishek, 29, was one of the better relievers in the game from 2011-2014, but has struggled to get on track this season. He has posted 4.50 ERA in 32 innings, and has a record of 2-6. The former closer is giving up 10.4 hits per nine innings and has also struggled with walks, walking 3.9 batters per nine innings.
Overall this move still looks like a solid one for the Cardinals, who now add an experienced pitcher to their bullpen. St. Louis currently has the number two ranked bullpen in the league, with an ERA of 2.37. So hopefully pitching coach Derek Lilliquist and company can get the righty back on track and turn his career back around.
Barraclough is a solid addition for a Marlins team that looks to compete in 2016. The 25-year-old has posted a 2.27 ERA in 39 2/3 innings at Class A-Advanced and Double-A this season.