The Miami Marlins have suffered two tough losses in a row and are interested in veteran closer Rafael Soriano, according to a report by MLB.com.
Coming off two straight blown saves, it appears Miami is ready to remove Steve Cishek from the closer role. Cishek has had endured an abysmal season thus far blowing four of the seven save chances handed to him. In what will likely be a tight playoff race, these losses could come back to haunt Miami.
Soriano is a free-agent after a tough second half in 2014. After performing as one of the best closers in the game before the All-Star break, Soriano had a putrid 6.48 E.R.A in the second half. This lack of performance combined with likely high salary demands has led to unemployment for the 35-year old.
Prior to the 2015 season, Cishek had been one of the best in the game in terms of shutting down games. In his brief career, Cishek has 94 saves and was part of Team USA in the most recent World Baseball Classic. The closer has a career E.R.A of 2.98 but has been unable to string together successful performances this year.
Cishek is earning one of the highest amounts on the team this year with his $6,650,000 salary and will be arbitration eligible twice more. While its possible Cishek rebounds from this start, he may find himself non-tendered in the off-season if he does not. Losing his role as Miami's closer immediately decreases Cishek's value. If he can find success in his new role, Cishek could ultimately regain his job as closer.
Soriano has played with the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals in his 13-year career. Its possible that Soriano has more left in the tank, but Miami will likely be cautious about overspending on the veteran.
If the Marlins can't add Soriano, the team could turn to in-house options including A.J. Ramos. The right-hander has electric stuff, but has control issues which is not ideal for a closer.