Today, the Chicago Cubs officially announced the Steve Ciskek signing, making him the second new member of the Cubs’ bullpen, together with Brandon Morrow.
Cishek, 31, comes to the Cubs from the Tampa Bay Rays, where he posted a ridiculous 1.09 ERA in the second half of 2017 while working with now Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey. Cishek came to the Rays in a midseason trade from the Mariners. You can read much more about him here from earlier in the week. For his career, he’s pretty much always been productive, and is a master at keeping the ball on the ground.
Cishek will reportedly receive $13 million on his two-year deal, a relatively modest sum for his tier of relievers this offseason.
With Cishek in the fold, the Cubs’ bullpen – were it constructed today – would probably shake out something like this:
Brandon Morrow (closer)
Carl Edwards Jr.
Dario Alvarez/Randy Rosario