Cubs agree to two-year deal with former closer Steve Cishek

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Cubs nabbed another late-inning reliever on the way out of the Winter Meetings Thursday, having agreed to a multiyear contract with former Marlins and Mariners closer Steve Cishek, sources said.

Cishek, 31, had a 2.01 ERA in 49 appearances as a setup man for Seattle and the Rays last season.

The two-year deal is worth $12 million to $14 million, according to an ESPN report.


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The right-hander with the sidearm funk had 25 saves for the Mariners in 2016, his first season as a regular closer since earning 34 and 39 saves for the Marlins in 2013 and ’14.

He joins right-hander Brandon Morrow, last year’s setup ace for the Dodgers, in a revamped back end of the Cubs’ bullpen. Morrow signed a two-year, $21 million deal early in the week.

The Cubs remain in contact with free agent closer Wade Davis for a possible reunion, a move that seems less likely with each contract they add in the bullpen during an offseason with a starting role still to fill.

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