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Steve Cishek | Relief Pitcher | #31

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Carson-Newman
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 5 (0) / MIA
Contract: view contract details
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Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that Steve Cishek will be the team's closer.
That comes as a mild surprise given Cishek's underwhelming 2015 and the November addition of Joaquin Benoit. Cishek did pitch better in the second half, after moving from Miami to St. Louis, and Dipoto and Co. apparently saw enough during that two-month stretch to believe he can fit back into a ninth-inning role. The 29-year-old right-hander holds a cool 2.82 ERA and 332 strikeouts in 313 career major league frames and he earned 94 saves in five-plus seasons with the Marlins. He got a two-year, $10 million free agent contract from Seattle over the weekend and will carry a good amount of fantasy value on a strong-looking Mariners team if he indeed locks down the closer role. Mon, Dec 14, 2015 03:08:00 PM

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Mariners signed RHP Steve Cishek to a two-year, $10 million contract.

The deal was reached Saturday and then officially announced by the Mariners on Monday after Cishek passed his pre-signing physical. The former Marlins closer struggled in 2015 between Miami and St. Louis, but he is only 29 years old and boasts a 2.82 career ERA in 313 innings at the major league level. Cishek will be a good bounceback candidate in a setup role with Seattle. He could even get some saves.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 01:27:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Steve Cishek's two-year deal with the Mariners is for two years and $10 million.

The deal also includes incentives, and if Cishek remains as the team's closer that figure could run as high as $17 million. He finished his 2015 season strong after a mid-season trade to the Cardinals, posting a 2.31 ERA and 20/13 K/BB ratio over his final 23 1/3 innings.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 09:19:00 AM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Mariners have agreed to a two-year contract with closer Steve Cishek.

Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. New general manager Jerry Dipoto has been incredibly active this offseason remaking the Mariners roster, and now he has a terrific one-two punch at the back of the bullpen with Cishek and Joaquin Benoit. The 29-year-old right-hander has racked up 95 saves in his career while posting a 2.82 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 332/119 K/BB ratio over 313 big league innings.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 09:14:00 AM

Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that the Mets have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Steve Cishek.

The former Marlins closer was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier in the week. Carig notes that the Mets are "casting a wide net" in their search for bullpen help, with Cishek just being one of the names being bandied about. He pitched to a 2.31 ERA and 20/13 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings down the stretch for the Cardinals in 2015.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 11:33:00 AM

Cardinals non-tendered RHP Steve Cishek.

In arbitration, Cishek was set to earn a raise from the $6.65 million he earned from the Marlins and Cardinals in 2015. The 29-year-old right-hander pitched well after the mid-summer deal that sent him from Miami to St. Louis, holding a 2.31 ERA with a 20/13 K/BB ratio across 23 1/3 innings. With career ERA of 2.82, he should draw interest in free agency. It's still possible that the Cardinals could bring him back into the fold at a lesser price.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 08:03:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals are planning to non-tender Steve Cishek.

It's an easy call, as Cishek earned $6.65 million this season and is set to receive another raise in arbitration this winter. It would be a big sum for someone who isn't a closer anymore and has shown a drop-off in skills. Cishek posted a 2.31 ERA and 20/13 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings after being acquired from the Marlins in July. The Cardinals could consider bringing him back at a lesser rate.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 11:48:00 AM

Steve Cishek earned his fourth save of the season against the Reds on Tuesday, striking out two in a scoreless inning of work.

With Trevor Rosenthal having pitched in back-to-back games, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called on Cishek with a two-run lead Tuesday. The right-hander responded by striking out two, working around a one-out single to close out the Reds. It's been a trying year for the right-hander, who began the year as the Marlins closer before struggling and eventually being dealt before the deadline. Cishek has a 3.73 ERA and 1.46 WHIP and isn't a source for saves, Tuesday notwithstanding.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 12:48:00 AM

Steve Cishek will join the Cardinals in St. Louis on Saturday.

The right-hander was acquired from the Marlins on Friday afternoon. He's en route from San Diego, but won't make it there in time for Friday's showdown against the Braves. He'll provide depth in the late innings in front of closer Trevor Rosenthal.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 05:12:00 PM

Cardinals acquired RHP Steve Cishek from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Kyle Barraclough.

It's a nice buy-low move for St. Louis, as Barraclough is a middling relief prospect. Cishek was optioned to the minors earlier this season after getting off to a rough start, but he's responded with a 0.71 ERA and 11 strikeouts across 12 2/3 frames since returning. He'll help set up ahead of closer Trevor Rosenthal.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 03:38:00 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are close to a trade that would send Steve Cishek to the Cardinals in exchange for pitching prospect Kyle Barraclough.

Cishek lost his closer job earlier this season with the Marlins and was even sent down to the minors after posting a 6.98 ERA and 1.86 WHIP over 19 1/3 innings. He's rebounded since returning, though, with a 0.71 ERA and 11 strikeouts across 12 2/3 frames. Cishek will help set up for Trevor Rosenthal and offers protection in case Jordan Walden (biceps) doesn't return to form. He's making $6.65 million this season and is under team control through 2017.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 03:01:00 PM

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that there are "at least four teams" checking in on Steve Cishek.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald revealed Wednesday that the Cardinals are one of those interested teams, but Frisaro is hearing that some of the other clubs involved are pushing harder than St. Louis. Cishek was dumped from the Marlins' ninth-inning role in May, but he's been very good in middle relief since his return from a short demotion to Double-A Jacksonville in mid-June.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 01:43:00 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports the Cardinals are "looking at" Marlins reliever Steve Cishek.

That's not a surprise, as Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has a history of under-the-radar moves for relievers at the trade deadline -- recent acquisitions include Edward Mujica and John Axford -- and the Cards could use some help in an overworked bullpen. Cishek, who fell out of favor in Miami after consistent early struggles, has rebounded from his poor start -- since a blown save on May 11 that precipitated his removal from the closer's role, Cishek has a 1.37 ERA in 19 2/3 innings of work. The Cards likely won't be the only club calling the Marlins about the 29-year-old.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 07:18:00 PM

Marlins recalled RHP Steve Cishek from Double-A Jacksonville.

The 28-year-old may have fixed something during his brief stint in the minor leagues, as he hurled five scoreless innings over four appearances with Jacksonville, registering a 3/0 K/BB ratio. It's unclear if he'll be immediately thrust back into a setup role or will work in middle relief initially.
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 11:06:00 PM

Marlins optioned RHP Steve Cishek to Double-A Jacksonville.

It's been a stunning fall for a guy who has been one of the better relievers in the National League over the previous four seasons. Sending Cishek down to work on his mechanics in a less pressurized situation could be the best thing, though. Cishek has been better of late after being removed from the closer role, but he still holds an ugly 6.98 ERA and 1.86 WHIP with 10 walks over 19 1/3 innings.
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 10:39:00 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
4Steven Lerud
5Steven Baron
1B1Adam Lind
2Jesus Montero
3Dae-ho Lee
4Gaby Sanchez
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
2Ed Lucas
LF1Nori Aoki
2Shawn O'Malley
3Stefen Romero
CF1Leonys Martin
2Boog Powell
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4James Paxton
5Wade Miley
6Nate Karns
7Jose Torres
8Joe Wieland
9Donn Roach
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4David Rollins
5Mayckol Guaipe
6Evan Scribner
7Jonathan Aro
8Justin De Fratus
9Vidal Nuno
10Tony Zych
11Joel Peralta
12Casey Coleman
13Blake Parker
14Ryan Cook