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Steve Cishek | Relief Pitcher | #41

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 217
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Carson-Newman
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 5 (0) / MIA
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Cubs signed RHP Steve Cishek to a two-year, $13 million contract.
The two sides reached an agreement on Thursday, but the deal didn't become official until Saturday after the right-hander passed his physical. He'll function in a setup capacity for the Cubs in 2018. Sat, Dec 16, 2017 01:21:00 PM

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs are in agreement on a contract with free agent reliever Steve Cishek.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says it's a two-year deal in the $12-14 million range. Cishek dealt with some durability issues in 2017, but when healthy the 31-year-old sidearmer delivered a 2.01 ERA, 0.896 WHIP, and 41/14 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings between the Mariners and Rays. He'll add a unique presence to the back end of the Chicago bullpen.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:20:00 AM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that the Twins are in on free agent reliever Steve Cishek.

There's also known to be interest from the Mets. Cishek, a 31-year-old sidearmer with experience as a closer, put up an outstanding 2.01 ERA, 0.896 WHIP, and 41/14 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings between the Mariners and Rays in 2017.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 01:53:00 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have expressed interest in free agent reliver Steve Cishek.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post previously indicated that the Mets could pivot from the top-tier relievers to a group which includes Cishek, Tommy Hunter, and Anthony Swarzak. Cishek posted a stingy 2.01 ERA and 41/14 K/BB ratio over 44 2/3 innings this year between the Rays and Mariners.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 12:21:00 PM

Rays acquired RHP Steve Cishek and cash considerations from the Mariners in exchange for RHP Erasmo Ramirez.

Cishek got a late start to the season following offseason hip surgery, but he's pitched well since returning with a 3.15 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 15/7 K/BB ratio over 20 innings. He'll slide into a right-handed setup role and is an impending free agent.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 12:14:00 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays are "very close" to acquiring Steve Cishek from the Mariners in exchange for Erasmo Ramirez.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says the Mariners are including cash in the deal to balance the salaries out. Cishek got a late start to the season following offseason hip surgery, but he's pitched well since returning with a 3.15 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 15/7 K/BB ratio over 20 innings. He'll slide into a right-handed setup role and is an impending free agent. Ramirez, of course, came up with the Mariners and offers them versatility with an ability to start or relieve. He holds a 4.80 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 55/16 K/BB ratio over 69 1/3 frames this season and is under team control through 2019.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 11:10:00 AM

Steve Cishek surrendered a two-run home run to Matt Joyce in the ninth inning to blow a 5-4 lead in Tuesday's 9-6 loss to the A's.

Edwin Diaz was removed from closing duty earlier on Tuesday, opening the door for Cishek to potentially see some ninth inning work. Just a few hours after Diaz lost his job, the Mariners handed Cishek a 5-4 ninth-inning advantage, one which he almost immediately squandered. He started out the ninth surrendering a single to Rajai Davis, which Matt Joyce then followed up with a go-ahead two-run homer. While this was a rough appearance (particularly given the context of the team's late bullpen struggles), Cishek was just activated from the disabled list after sitting on the shelf all season while rehabbing from hip surgery. It is possible he still has some rust to knock off. In addition to Cishek, Tony Zych, Nick Vincent and Marc Rzepczynski (who, himself, surrendered a three-run homer in the ninth after Cishek left the game on Tuesday) could all see closing opportunities as the Mariners try to sort out their pen.
Wed, May 17, 2017 01:41:00 AM

Mariners activated RHP Steve Cishek from the 10-day disabled list.

Cishek has been out all season while coming back from hip surgery. He'll return to a setup role, although it's possible he'll be eased into things in low-leverage situations initially.
Mon, May 15, 2017 05:36:00 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session at Safeco Field on Monday.

Cishek was supposed to make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday night, but the Mariners decided to keep him in a more controlled environment. He should join back up with Tacoma by the end of this week. The veteran reliever is working through some mechanical adjustments coming off major hip surgery.
Tue, May 9, 2017 06:14:00 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) will resume his minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Tacoma.

Cishek made five appearances between Double- and Triple-A in April while rehabbing from hip surgery, but he recently took a break to work on his mechanics. Assuming he's back on track, it might not be long before he's deemed ready to join the M's bullpen. He should pitch in a set-up capacity before fireballing-closer Edwin Diaz.
Mon, May 8, 2017 10:51:00 AM

Steve Cishek (hip) completed a successful bullpen session on Friday and will set out on a minor league rehab assignment next week.

Cishek pitched in some rehab games for Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma last month but took a break from that to work on some mechanical adjustments. He's expected to join Tacoma early next week and it shouldn't be long until we see Cishek back in the big leagues. When that happens, Cishek will likely serve in a setup role ahead of closer Edwin Diaz.
Sat, May 6, 2017 09:23:00 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) threw a bullpen session in front of Mariners coaches on Tuesday at Safeco Field.

He'll have a similar workout Thursday before heading back out on a minor league rehab assignment. Cishek has allowed two runs over four innings thus far between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma. He's working on some mechanical adjustments as he nears the end of his recovery from October hip surgery.
Tue, May 2, 2017 07:28:00 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) worked a scoreless rehab inning Wednesday night with Double-A Arkansas.

A positive step for the veteran reliever, who had yielded two runs on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings over his first three rehab outings. Cishek is expected to make another appearance on Thursday and could join the Mariners' active roster this weekend if that goes smoothly.
Thu, Apr 27, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Steve Cishek (hip) has allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings over his first three rehab outings with Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma.

And the Mariners don't plan on activating him from the disabled list until he shows better effectiveness. "I’d like him to iron out some of the mechanical stuff," manager Scott Servais said Tuesday. "He’s going through spring training. It just happens to be in late April." Cishek underwent major hip surgery last October.
Tue, Apr 25, 2017 05:20:00 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) has shifted his minor league rehab assignment to Triple-A Tacoma.

Cishek looked sharp in a scoreless frame Monday with Double-A Arkansas, his first live appearance since undergoing hip surgery last October. Cishek is expected to pitch 2-3 times with Tacoma before joining the Mariners' active roster next week in a setup role.
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 09:41:00 AM