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.

Source: Aaron Judge, Yankees reach $360M, 9-year deal


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Aaron Judge has agreed to return to the New York Yankees on a $360 million, nine-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday because the deal had not been announced.

Judge will earn $40 million per season, the highest average annual payout for a position player. The contract trails only Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts’ $365 million pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers for biggest in baseball history.

Judge was offered a long-term deal by New York before last season that was worth $213.5 million over seven years from 2023-29. But he turned it down in the hours before opening day in April.

The 6-foot-7 Judge bet on himself — and won.

Judge set an American League record with 62 homers in 2022, powering the Yankees to the AL East title. He also tied for the major league lead with 131 RBIs and just missed a Triple Crown with a .311 batting average.

New York was swept by Houston in the AL Championship Series, but Judge became the first AL MVP for the Yankees since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Judge, 30, was selected by New York in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft and made his big league debut in 2016, homering in his first at-bat.

A year later, he was one of baseball’s breakout stars. He hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 2017, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. The four-time All-Star has 220 homers and 497 RBIs in seven big league seasons.