John Kruk joins Phillies’ Wall of Fame

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The Phillies will honor John Kruk prior to Friday’s game by making him their annual addition to the team’s Wall of Fame.

Kruk joins such greats as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberts on the wall.  His long-time teammate, Darren Daulton, was inducted last year.

Kruk is better known now for his big appetite and mouth, but he was an excellent first baseman for the Phillies for six years.  He was an All-Star each year from 1991-93, and he received MVP votes all three seasons.  He finished second to Barry Bonds in the NL in OBP in both 1992 and ’93.  He also finished sixth in the league in OPS both seasons.

Since he had a short career — he didn’t debut until age 25 and he walked off the field and into retirement at age 34 — Kruk didn’t compile much in the way of career numbers.  He ended up with just 100 homers and 592 RBI.  Still, his .309/.400/.461 line in six seasons with the Phillies makes him a worthy choice for the wall.

Cubs sign sinkerballer Steve Cishek

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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.