Red Sox Should Sign Reliever Steve Cishek

SHARE:

The Red Sox are still searching for bullpen help this offseason.  The relatively quiet Red Sox have only added RHP Chris Mazza and LHP Josh Osich, both off waivers.  The team could still use more depth in the back end of the rotation, and if they’re going to sign someone it’ll have to be a free agent that wants to take a smaller deal to play here.

Photo courtesy of nbcsports.com
One free agent available has New England ties that would be a good fit for the Red Sox bullpen.  Ten-year major league veteran righty Steve Cishek is still looking for work and, according to The Athletic’s Peter Gammons, Cishek wants to pitch for Boston.  According to Gammons, Falmouth’s Cishek, who made $7.1 million last season, appears currently to be out of Boston’s pay range.

With the Cubs last season, Cishek was 4-6 with a 2.95 ERA.  In 70 games with the Cubs, he had seven saves, allowing only 21 ER over 64 innings.  Over the span of the last four years, Cishek has averaged 61 games, 2.52 ERA. 9.3 K/9, and a 1.05 WHIP.

Get your Patriots 2019 AFC East Champs Gear at FanaticsCishek also has a Bloom connection.  Cishek signed with the Rays back in 2017 where he pitched in 26 games and had a 1.09 ERA.

Statistically Cishek has numbers that would look great for the Red Sox bullpen.  The veteran righty has been a consistent piece to the last few teams’ pens he’s pitched out of.  Consistency is one thing the Red Sox are looking for, especially in the bullpen.
Cishek will provide the Sox with some stability in that part of their bullpen if Matt Barnes and Ryan Braiser are inconsistent next year.  Plus, with having closer experience, if the current closer Brandon Workman struggles, manager Alex Cora could slide Cishek into the ninth inning role.  Cishek owns 132 saves to his record.

Cishek’s sidearm delivery gives his opponents a different look from the right side.  He’s not an overpowering pitcher with a fastball, his fastball is about 90mph.  Right handers hit .206 against Cishek while lefties hit .216.  Cishek could be a viable option against left-handed hitters.  With the new three batter minimum this season, Cishek wouldn’t be a liability against right or left handed hitters.

MLB Trade Rumors projected Cishek to earn a 2-year $10 million dollar deal in free agency this year.  As the offseason drags on, it’s less likely he’ll earn that kind of money.  Even if he does, the cash strapped Sox could carve out $5 million for a viable bullpen arm.

Cishek makes too much sense as a viable bullpen arm for Cora’s bullpen.  The quiet Sox front offseason needs to figure out how to move some money to add more depth, and players with experience to the roster.  New England’s own Cishek wants to pitch in Boston, but it appears Boston just doesn’t have the money.

Support your NBA team in style with looks from DKNY

Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisHenrique

Follow Boston Sports Syndicate on Twitter @BostonSportsSyn, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Boston Sports Syndicate.

Join our Facebook page to receive notification of new articles, podcasts, and live podcast broadcasts on Facebook Live.

Agree with us?  Disagree?  Please post your comments below.

COMMENTS

Name

Bathroom Breaks,3,Bruins,49,Celtics,76,Fantasy Baseball,42,Fantasy Football,42,Fantasy Sports,82,Golf,10,NCAA,27,Off The Rails,39,Patriots,210,Podcast,5,Red Sox,383,SimBull,4,SyndiTakes,8,XFL,8,
ltr
item
Boston Sports Syndicate: Red Sox Should Sign Reliever Steve Cishek
Red Sox Should Sign Reliever Steve Cishek
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2FpdNafc0ow/XgqVdM8P7MI/AAAAAAAAApI/N7DnJKhTouosdaR6xat5cHRSK89WJPaSwCLcBGAsYHQ/s640/cishek_nbcsports.jpg
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2FpdNafc0ow/XgqVdM8P7MI/AAAAAAAAApI/N7DnJKhTouosdaR6xat5cHRSK89WJPaSwCLcBGAsYHQ/s72-c/cishek_nbcsports.jpg
Boston Sports Syndicate
https://www.bostonsportssyndicate.com/2019/12/red-sox-should-sign-reliever-steve.html
https://www.bostonsportssyndicate.com/
https://www.bostonsportssyndicate.com/
https://www.bostonsportssyndicate.com/2019/12/red-sox-should-sign-reliever-steve.html
true
5286369947008845787
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content