With no set closer, Marlins talking to Soriano
Club discussing free agent with Boras; Redmond confirms Cishek out, committee in
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Cishek's struggles have placed all options on the table for the Marlins, who will now go with a closer committee as they seeking solutions to locking down games. The club also is engaged in discussions with free agent Rafael Soriano.
Soriano's agent, Scott Boras, has been at Dodger Stadium on Monday and Tuesday, and he's had ongoing conversations with the Marlins.
Miami hasn't closed the door on Cishek regaining his closer spot. But for now, the 28-year-old sidearm-slinging right-hander will look to get on track in earlier innings.
Cishek is 3-for-7 in save chances, and his ERA is 10.32 after blowing saves on Sunday at San Francisco and Monday at Dodger Stadium, when Scott Van Slyke belted a three-run walk-off homer.
Manager Mike Redmond and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez informed Cishek that they are changing things up in the ninth inning. Setup relievers A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn and Bryan Morris were informed to be ready for anything from the seventh inning onward.
"Right now, he's scuffling a little bit, no doubt," Redmond said. "Some of it, I think, is a little bit mechanical. He looked at some video with Chuck. There are some things there he can work on."
Cishek has been highly reliable since taking over the role in the middle of 2012. He has 94 saves in 108 chances, including 73 of 79 in 2013-14. A year ago, Cishek locked down 39-of-43 chances. He's already matched the number of blown saves from all of '14.
"Chuck and I went over some video today, especially with the fastball, just coming out of my delivery," Cishek said. "My arm slot is a little low, so I'm just not getting on top of stuff. Hence, it's why everything is tailing off, especially to lefties.
"Everything is flying open, trying to overdo everything, instead of just trusting my stuff. It's been tough."
Cishek remains in good spirits, and he insists he is healthy.
"I feel good," Cishek said. "This spring was the first time I literally didn't feel sore. Usually my arm is pretty sore. I feel better than ever."
Ramos appears the most logical choice to pitch the ninth. But he has never had a save in the big leagues. Neither has Morris. Dunn, a lefty, has four.
"We'll see," Redmond said. "Some of it maybe matches. Some of it might be what we need to use to get to that spot. We're not going to say one guy is going to do it. We're going to have to rely on everybody down there."