Miami was fielding offers for Steve Cishek and a deal has reportedly been agreed upon. According to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald, the Cardinals have acquired Cishek from the Marlins in exchange for Double-A pitcher Kyle Barraclough.
#marlins to receive double A RHP Kyle Barraclough from cardinals for Steve Cishek— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 24, 2015
Cishek has struggled at times to this point in 2015, posting a 4.50 ERA and 3.44 FIP over 32.0 innings. He opened the season as the Marlins' closer but had difficulty throwing strikes and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans for a brief time. He has only saved three contests in 2015 but might be a bounce back candidate and thrive in the back of St. Louis' bullpen.
MLB.com adds St. Louis will pick up the remainder of Cishek's $6.65 million 2015 salary. He is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season.
While the Marlins lose a late inning arm, they add another in Barraclough. He has spent time between both Single and Double-A this season, posting a 2.27 ERA and converting 12 out of 13 save opportunities.
Trading Cishek might be the first of many moves the Marlins make before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Mat Latos, Dan Haren, and Michael Morse are other Marlins drawing interest.