MLB Trades: The Rays and Mariners swap bullpen arms
The Rays will get Steve Cishek while the Mariners get Erasmo Ramirez back
The Rays and Mariners are both AL contenders and they've made what appears to be a good ol' fashioned challenge trade. The Rays acquired reliever Steve Cishek from the Mariners in exchange for starter/reliever Erasmo Ramirez.
The Rays head into Friday 1 1/2 games out of the second AL wild card spot. They need late-inning relief help and Cishek fits the bill. He's been an effective closer in the past but has handled setup duty as well. He's pitched to a 3.15 ERA, 100 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in 20 innings this season.
On the Mariners' end, they recently acquired David Phelps and he'll serve as the primary setup man for Edwin Diaz. With Ramirez, they now have someone who can spot start or serve as a long man if need be. Ramirez, 27, has a 4.80 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 55 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings this season. As a reliever, though, he has a 3.23 ERA and 0.84 WHIP.
If the Rays are looking for a late-inning shutdown guy while the Mariners are hoping for more length with the ability to start, the deal makes sense for both sides. Plus, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto just likes making trades, right? So everyone is happy.
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