Cardinals Add Cishek and Other Player News

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired reliever Steve Cishek for Double-A pitcher Kyle Barraclough.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

With one week to go before next Friday’s (July 31) non-waiver trade deadline, the St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired right-handed reliever Steve Cishek (pronounced SEE-sheck) from the Miami Marlins in exchange for right-handed minor league pitcher Kyle Barraclough who was on the Springfield (AA) roster.

Cishek, 29, has saved 94 games in his career, including 39 in 2014 and 34 in 2013. His 76 saves since 2013 rank 11th in the majors. The 6-6, 215-pound Cishek has compiled a career mark of 17-20 with a 2.86 ERA in 284 games – all with the Marlins.

Cishek’s 2015 season got off to a slow start, including a brief stint in early June at Jacksonville (AA), but since returning to the Marlins on June 14, he’s posted a 0.71 ERA (12.1 IP/1 ER) in 13 games while striking out 11. His 0.71 ERA is the 9th best among N.L. relievers during that time span.

Cishek is 2-6 with a 4.50 ERA and three saves in his 32 games this season, striking out 28. He led the N.L. with 62 games finished in 2013 and has appeared in 60 or more games each of the last three seasons (2012-14).

Barraclough, 25, was drafted by the Cardinals in the 7th round of the 2012 draft out of St. Mary’s (Calif.) College.

To make room for Cishek on the team’s 40-man Major League roster, the Cardinals have transferred pitcher Matt Belisle to the 60-day disabled list. Once Cishek joins the Cardinals active 25-man active roster, the team will announce a corresponding roster move.

Brian Walton’s take

This move, which had been rumored to be under discussion, fits the Cardinals pattern of acquiring former closers to become set up men for St. Louis (John Axford, Pat Neshek, etc.). The reported setback suffered by Belisle in his attempt to return from injury coupled with heavy use of the bullpen made this move most logical.

After coming back from injury in 2013, Barraclough worked his way onto the radar with improved velocity and results. The 25-year-old moved up from Palm Beach to Springfield on May 15 and logged a 2.27 ERA on his way to becoming a Texas League All-Star. In 39 2/3 innings over 34 games, Barraclough fanned 51 and walked 29 this season.

Though it is yet to be announced, the most logical pitcher to be sent down to Triple-A Memphis once Cishek is activated would be rookie Sam Tuivailala.

Other news: Marco Moves Up

On Thursday, left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales was transferred from Double-A Springfield to the Triple-A Redbirds. Gonzales has not pitched for Memphis since May 19 after suffering a shoulder injury. The 23-year-old southpaw has made four appearances for between Advanced-A Palm Beach and Springfield in July, tossing 11 1/3 innings, with no earned runs allowed.

Other news: Seferina Ready

On Friday, Peoria activated Darren Seferina from the disabled list. The second baseman and leadoff hitter was out since July 17 for the second time this season with a thumb contusion.

Other news: Acevedo to Help Spikes

Outfielder Jhohan Acevedo returns to the State College Spikes after beginning the 2015 season with the New York-Penn League club. The outfielder hit .263 with a double and eight runs batted in over 24 games in Peoria. Acevedo is needed as outfielder Orlando Olivera is being slowed by plantar fasciitis.

Other news: Alexander in Relief

After the Spikes played a 14-inning game Thursday night, the Cardinals sent a fresh arm down from Peoria in Kevin Alexander. The right-handed reliever made a single appearance for State College in the last week of the 2014 regular season, and holds a 3.72 ERA in 12 relief outings for Peoria in 2015.



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