The best seven-game road trip in franchise history did more than put the Marlins in position to be buyers instead of sellers before Thursday's trading deadline.
It also turned out to be a nice showcase for closer Steve Cishek, who could be one of the pieces the team decides to move if things go south against the division-leading Nationals at Marlins Park over the next three days.
Cishek, 28, picked up six saves in an eight-day span. That's the best stretch by a Marlins closer ever (Kevin Gregg picked up five saves in six days in 2008) and the second best in the majors this season.
Only the Brewers' Francisco Rodriguez has put together a longer and more fruitful run with no more than one day of rest between saves. He picked up nine saves in 11 days from April 18-29. The Brewers played 10 games during the stretch.
Cishek, now 26 of 29 on save opportunities this season, is tied for the eighth most saves in the majors this season. His save percentage (90 percent) ranks 10th among all closers with double digit saves. All that -- and the fact he's under club control through 2017 -- makes him a hot commodity on the open trade market.
The Marlins believe they can get more than what the Padres got from the Angels for Huston Street (four minor league prospects, two ranked in their Top 20 by MLB on their respective franchises) and what the Rangers received from the Tigers for Joakim Soria (reliever Corey Knebel and prospect Jake Thompson).
Of course if the Marlins play well against the Nationals and continue to climb the standings -- they are seven games back in the division and 5.5 back in the wild card race -- this all becomes moot.
Either way, Cishek, making $3.8 million in his first year of arbitration, is set for a pretty nice pay day at the end of this season if he keeps this up.
> The Marlins on Monday recalled outfielder Jake Marisnick (.220, 5 steals in 13 big league games in 2014) from Triple A New Orleans and optioned catcher J.T. Realmuto (.200, 5 RBI in 7 MLB games in 2o14) back down to Double A Jacksonville.