I really want to tell the fans of DC, Jim Bowden and Mike Rizzo thanks a
lot for helping me out in many ways. I really grew up a lot because of
those two guys. I also want to give a hug to Harolyn Cardozo and Willie
Harris for the time that I needed people the most. A special thanks to
— Elijah Dukes, giving a statement to the All Nats All the Time blog at MLB.com. Your move, Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed reliever Steve Cishek. No details about the deal are known yet. For what it’s worth, most relievers are signing two-year deals so far this winter and Cishek’s last deal was a two-year pact.
Cishek, 31-year-old sidearmer who throws a surprisingly fast sinkerball, posted a 2.01 ERA and a 41/14 K/BB ratio and allowed just 26 hits in 44.2 innings between the Mariners and Rays last season. He saved 25 games for the M’s in 2016. Last year he missed the first month and a half of the season following hip surgery, but seemed pretty healthy later in the year.
A nice pickup for Chicago.