How trade deadline can shuffle bullpens 

July, 26, 2013
Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek is on quite the roll, having saved three games at Coors Field already this week and 15 consecutive overall since the first week of June. Cishek boasts a strong ERA and WHIP and is on pace for the rare 30-plus save season despite the mostly miserable team around him seemingly being well on its way to 100-plus losses.

Still, by this time next week, there’s a decent possibility Cishek is no longer a closer and the Marlins turn to intriguing right-hander A.J. Ramos to close.
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Kevin Gregg
Steven Bisig/USA TODAY SportsKevin Gregg has been a major surprise this season, but his value could take a dive if he gets traded out of a closer role at the deadline.

It’s called the nonwaiver trade deadline, and by dinner time Wednesday, we should know if the likes of Cishek, Kevin Gregg, Jose Veras, Greg Holland, Glen Perkins, Jim Henderson, Bobby Parnell, Huston Street and perhaps even Jonathan Papelbon are leaving their losing teams for new, winning teams. It’s also possible trades can be made in August, but it’s a bit rarer for reasons we don’t need to discuss here.