RP - LAA
Free agent RHP Steve Cishek has agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
Cishek just requested his release from the Houston Astros two days ago after learning that he wasn't going to make the club. The submariner is still a useful arm at age 34 and should work middle relief for the Angels this year.
The Astros and Steve Cishek have parted ways after the right-hander requested his release.
The move even came as a surprise to manager Dusty Baker, who said on Friday that he had not yet made a decision on whether the 34-year-old would make the Opening Day roster. Regardless, Cishek is now a free agent and can sign with any teaam. He owns an impressive 2.78 ERA through 576 innings (594 games) over 11 seasons. He has posted sub-3.00 ERAs in eight of those years.
RHP Steve Cishek has requested his release from the Houston Astros, which has been granted, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com
The 34-year-old Cishek was a long shot to make the Astros roster so he'll look to latch on to another team before the regular season gets underway. He put up a lackluster 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 20 innings with the Chicago White Sox last season.
Veteran reliever Steve Cishek signed a minor-league deal with the Astros. He's currently a non-roster invite and could earn $2.25 million, plus incentives.
Longtime reliever Steve Cishek bounced around with the Chicago Cubs and White Sox over the past three seasons. In 2018 and 2019, Cishek totaled 11 saves, 36 holds, a 2.55 ERA with a 24.3% strikeout rate, and a 10.3% walk rate in 134.1 innings pitched. However, in 2020, Cishek recorded a 5.40 ERA with a 22.6% strikeout rate and a 9.7% walk rate in 20 IP. At this point, he's not fantasy-relevant unless it's in deep saves plus holds leagues, assuming he makes the roster.
Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the White Sox are signing reliever Steve Cishek to a one-year, $6 million contract.
Cishek will likely slide in as Chicago's top set up man for Alex Colome. In 2019 he appeared in 70 games, posting a 2.95 ERA and saving seven games.