The Seattle Mariners and righthanded relief pitcher Steve Cishek have agreed to a two-year deal worth $10 million, according to multiple reports.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Cishek will earn $4 million in 2016, and $6 million in 2017. He can earn $3.5 million each year in bonuses if he finishes a certain amount of games.
A fifth-round pick of the Marlins in 2007, Cishek debuted in Florida during the 2010 season and played his first six years with the team before he was traded to the Cardinals last July in exchange for Kyle Barraclough.
From 2012–14, Cishek saved 88 games for the Marlins, and posted a 2.73 ERA in 153 innings. He fell out of the closer role in 2014, and in 2015, had a 4.50 ERA in 32 innings before being traded to St. Louis.
After the trade, the 29-year-old earned a sparkling 2.31 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with the Cardinals.
As ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick notes, new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has now made nine trades, eight free-agent signings and five waiver claims since Nov. 1.
- Kenny Ducey