Cubs agree to deal with reliever Cishek

Dec 17, 2017 - 12:12 AM The Chicago Cubs and right-handed reliever Steve Cishek agreed to terms on a two-year contract, the team announced Saturday.

Terms were not disclosed for the free agent, but a source told ESPN that the deal is worth between $12 million and $14 million.

Cishek, 31, made $6 million last season in the final year of a two-year, $10 million contract.

News of the deal surfaced on Thursday.

"I've had go Cubs go playing in my head since Thursday... thankful for this opportunity and beyond thrilled to be a Cub!" Cishek tweeted Saturday.

Cishek combined to go 3-2 with 16 holds, one save and a 2.01 ERA over 44 2/2 innings in 49 relief appearances for the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays last season. He began the season with the Mariners, posting a 3.15 ERA in 23 outings, before being traded to Tampa Bay on July 28 and posting a 1.09 ERA in 26 appearances.

Last season, Cishek walked only 14 batters while striking out 41. He limited hitters to a .167 batting average, including a .208 mark by left-handers and .148 by right-handers.

Cishek broke into the major leagues with the Miami Marlins in 2010 and surpassed 30 saves in both 2013 and 2014. He was traded to St. Louis midway through the 2015 campaign, posting a 2.31 ERA in 27 relief outings to help the Cardinals to the division title. He pitched the last two seasons in the American League and recorded 25 saves as Seattle's closer in 2016.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Cishek is 24-28 with 47 holds, 121 saves and a 2.73 ERA in 422 major league appearances, all in relief, covering all or part of eight seasons with the Marlins (2010-15), Cardinals (2015), Mariners (2016-17) and Rays (2017). He has struck out 449 batters in 421 2/3 innings, an average of 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings, while limiting batters to a .217 average.

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