The Cardinals have acquired some more bullpen help as right-handed relief pitcher Steve Cishek was dealt from Miami to St. Louis in exchange for minor league pitcher Kyle Barraclough. Cishek was one of the most reliable closers in the game with the Marlins last year, but he has had more problems with consistency this season as he lost his 9th inning role early in the season. St. Louis is basically betting that Cishek can return to the player that he was the past few years and their bullpen is already good, so it is a little bit of a strange trade for the Cardinals. This trade could be good for St. Louis if Cishek performs well, but it is a little risky of a trade for the Cardinals. However, the good news for St. Louis is that they’re not giving up much to get Cishek which makes this trade a little bit better. Meanwhile, it was clear the Marlins wanted to move on from Cishek since he was no longer the team’s closer. I would have liked to see the Marlins keep Cishek despite his struggles this season because he has been one of the most consistent closers in the MLB the last few years and bullpen help is hard to find these days. Kyle Barraclough wasn’t a top prospect for the Cardinals and he has had major control issues in the minor leagues this season which is slowing his development. The Marlins will be hoping that he can figure things out and maybe contribute at the MLB level someday. It isn’t very encouraging that Barraclough is 25 years old and he hasn’t even been to triple-A yet.
Cardinals Grade: C+ – This is a strange trade for the Cardinals because their bullpen was already very good and Cishek has had his struggles this season with a 4.50 ERA. At least the Cardinals aren’t giving up much for him, but I think this is just a wasted trade.
Marlins Grade: C – I don’t like this trade for the Marlins either because the Marlins didn’t get enough for Cishek. I highly doubt that Barraclough will be at the major league level anytime soon and it probably would have been more worth it for Miami to hold on to him since late-inning bullpen help is hard to find these days.