The Detroit Tigers are expected to dip into the trade market for relievers this summer. While they've been tied to several high-profile names such as Jonathan Papelbon and Jesse Crain, they could also look elsewhere to fill their bullpen need. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Detroit had a scout at the Miami Marlins-San Francisco Giants series, as the team has been tied to Marlins relievers Steve Cishek and Ryan Webb.
The Tigers find themselves poised to once again be contenders for a World Series title, as the offense and starting pitching have been impressive. Still, manager Jim Leyland could use help in the bullpen, as the Jose Valverde experiment has ended and the team finds itself in need of a regular closer. Rookie Bruce Rondon is an in-house option, but veteran Octavio Dotel could be done for the year.
Earlier this season it was reported that the Marlins had told teams that Cishek -- who is currently the team's closer -- is off limits this summer. Considering Miami is not in contention and bullpen arms are often the first pieces to go, you can consider the right-hander extremely available and likely to be moved if he remains healthy and teams are interested.
Cishek spent part of last season as the Marlins' closer, and he was decent during his time in that role. The 27-year-old posted an ERA and WHIP of 2.69 and 1.304 with 15 saves in 2012. This year, Cishek's ERA is a bit up (3.45), but his WHIP is improved (1.149). He's saved 12 games over 32 appearances for Miami and has a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.54.
Webb likely won't be as coveted, but he could still be a decent bullpen addition for a team in need, such as the Tigers. He's maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.41 and 1.398 over 32 appearances this season.
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