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White Sox sign reliever Steve Cishek

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Jeff Passan reports that the Chicago White Sox have signed reliever Steve Cishek to a one-year, $6 million deal. There is a $6 million option for 2021 as well.

Cishek spent 2018 and 2019 across town with the Cubs where he posted a 2.55 ERA in 150 games. For his career he’s got a 2.79 ERA in 572 games for five different teams in ten seasons. The one-time Marlins and then Mariners closer is a setup guy these days but remains one of the league’s better and more reliable relievers.

This is just the latest in a flurry of offseason moves for the Chisox, who have already extended top prospect Luis Robert and slugger José Abreu, have signed Yasmani Grandal, Dallas Keuchel, Edwin Encarnación, Gio González, James McCann, and traded for Nomar Mazara.

It’s shaping up to be a fun 2020 on the South Side.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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