2016 Seattle Mariners Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

The 2015 Seattle Mariners disappointed once again, finishing out of the playoff hunt at 76-86. With multiple changes made in the front office and on the field, the Mariners are hoping their stars can carry them to the top of a difficult AL West. Which players should have the biggest fantasy impact?(Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2016 Seattle Mariners Bullpen Possibilities

Bullpen Biggest Question Mark For M’s The Seattle Mariners rotation and lineups are pretty well set headed into spring.  Sure, there could be a few surprises after spring training concludes but nothing seems as unsettled for the M’s as their bullpen. Unlike the possibilities for the 2016 Seattle Mariners lineups or the Mariners starting rotation, the M’s bullpen has to be...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Steve Cishek the closer the Mariners need?

Mere days before the world became consumed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Seattle Mariners signed free-agent reliever Steve Cishek to a two-year, $10 million deal. As the ink was drying on the John Hancocks, GM Jerry Dipoto declared Cishek would be the M’s new closer. This felt like a slightly bold statement, as […]
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Ci-Shek, Please! – Seattle Mariners Offseason Update, Part Four

Look, I’m not proud of that title. After getting so accustomed to the Seattle Mariners making multiple moves a week, it’s difficult to come up with a snappy line when all they do is sign a single pitcher (Update: Wait a second, Hisashi Iwakuma is back on board! He’s also a known commodity, so we’ll simply note that the Flying Salmon signed a one-year deal with two options...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Two year contract for new Mariners closer Steve Cishek

Image courtesy of     Were you worried about the Mariners reliever situation?  Well, the Mariners General Manager, “Trader” Jerry (Dipoto) is here to tell you to (as Aaron Rodgers would say) R-e-l-a-x. Dipoto hit the waiver wire and found 6-6 righty Steve Cishek. Cishek found himself in 59 appearances last year with the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals...
Via Seattle Side Up!
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners set to entrust Cishek with closing duties

The Seattle Mariners recently signed reliever Steve Cishek to a two-year, $10 million contract - a deal that was made possible by the Mariners' willingness to give Cishek the closer role he used to have at the big-league level. From 2013 to 2014, Cishek was one of the premier relievers in the game. He picked up 73 saves out of 79 chances during that span for the Miami Marlins before...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Cishek and Mariners finalize $10M, 2-year deal

SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners' offseason makeover now includes a closer. Reliever Steve Cishek and the Mariners finalized a $10 million, two-year contract Monday, with Seattle intent of making him the closer. It's an opportunity Cishek was seeking this offseason after losing the closer role last season in Miami before being traded to St. Louis. ''Last year, losing that closing job...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle signs RHP Steve Cishek to 2-year deal

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners' offseason makeover continued Monday with the club signing right-handed reliever Steve Cishek to a two-year contract with the opportunity to end up as the team's closer. Cishek, 29, split last season with Miami and St. Louis and appeared in 59 games combined for the two teams. The sidearm-throwing righty has experience as a closer with the Marlins...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Seattle Mariners Sign Steve Cishek

Jerry Dipoto began tying up loose ends when they signed Steve Cishek to become their closer. He will earn a base salary of 10 million dollars over the next two years with the possibility of earning an additional 3.5 million in incentives. The Mariners have already indicated that Cishek will serve as the team’s closer and Joaquin Benoit will serve as the team’s setup man. Why...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners Sign RHP Steve Cishek To Two-Year, $10 Million Deal

The Seattle Mariners have reached agreement on a two-year, guaranteed $10 million contract with free agent right-hander Steve Cishek to be their new closer, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports. The deal is pending completion of a physical exam. Cishek’s agreement includes incentives for games finished that could increase his overall payout to $17 million, a source also told Crasnick...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Mariners agree to deal with Steve Cishek

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a deal with right-handed reliever Steve Cishek on a two year deal. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal is worth $10 million with incentives if he remains the team’s closer. The #Mariners have signed Steve Cishek to a 2-year deal […]
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners reportedly agree to deal with free-agent RP Cishek

The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent right-hander Steve Cishek, ESPN first reported Saturday.Cishek, 29, could take over as the Mariners' closer.In 59 appearances for the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals this past season, Cishek was 2-6 with a 3.58 ERA, four saves and 48 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings. Cishek saved 88 games from 2012-2014 with the...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

12 Teams Have Checked In On RHP Steve Cishek Including Mets

Latest Update Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 Radio is reporting that as many as a dozen teams have checked in with former Marlins closer Steve Cishek. Cishek, 29, has been getting a lot of attention and generating a lot of buzz since he was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals last week. The New York Mets are reportedly one of the teams that have expressed interest. This is a player...
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December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Have Reliever Steve Cishek On Their Radar

The Mets “will cast a wide net” in searching for relief help, according to Marc Carig of Newsday, and one option they are now focusing on is former Marlin closer Steve Cishek. Cishek, 29, was non-tendered by the Cardinals on Wednesday as he was due to earn close to $7 million dollars in arbitration – an amount that was driven by his dominant years as a closer in 2012 to 2014...
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December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO Free Agent Profile: Steve Cishek, RHP

Steve CishekBats: Right — Throws: RightPosition: Relief PitcherBorn: June 18th, 1986 (Age 29) After the Cardinals non-tendered Steve Cishek Wednesday night, it gave the Mets another option to consider for the bullpen. Right now, the only truly reliable arm behind Jeurys Familia is Addison Reed, leaving the Mets with a clear need to upgrade. Mets fans know what he is capable of...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals non-tender RHP Cishek, making him free agent

The St. Louis Cardinals have non-tendered relief pitcher Steve Cishek. Catcher Cody Stanley, who is currently serving an 80-game suspension was also non-tendered by the club.The Cardinals letting Cishek hit free agency isn't much of a surprise as the right-hander was expected to earn a lofty amount in arbitration this offseason ($7.1 million according to MLB Trade Rumors). Once...
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December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Mets, Cubs, Mounds, Manager Musings, more

Mounds are set to specifications. They need to be elevated 10 inches above the rest of the field and slope at a rate of one inch per foot over a span of at least six feet. The front edge of the rubber has to be exactly 60 feet, six inches from the rear point of home plate. They may be the same, but they don’t all feel the same. Jonathan Broxton, Steve Cishek and Jason Motte told...
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October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals Announce 25-Man Roster For NLDS

The Cardinals have made their 2015 NLDS final roster. Headlines: Yadier Molina in on and will play Adam Wainwright has made the roster Pitchers Randy Choate & Steve Cishek are off Tommy Pham & Greg Garcia are on Matt Adams & Peter Kozma are off 11 pitchers | 14 position players Notes: Jon Jay got the nod over Peter Bourjos. Jay is a Matheny favorite and Bourjos is,...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins: Post Trade Deadline Report

A little more than a week after the July 31st trade deadline, the Miami Marlins find themselves in an all too familiar position. With just under a third of the season to go, the Marlins have the worst record in baseball, and a series of deadline moves has left their roster in turmoil. At the start of the 2015 season, high expectations prompted some experts to pick the newly revamped...
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

John Mozeliak’s deadline moves bet on a change of scenery

Take one glance at the St. Louis Cardinals’ deadline moves and the resounding theme is a change of scenery gamble. For Steve Cishek, Brandon Moss, and Jonathan Broxton, General Manager John Mozeliak is betting on a new team, uniform and record in the standings can boost these once prominent players. All have had great success and are still young enough to find it again. Let’s...
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August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Recapping the trade deadline

After weeks of rumors, the trade deadline officially passed yesterday. The St. Louis Cardinals have been dealing with injury after injury to their higher caliber players, but managed to avoid trading away the farm for a two month replacement. However, that isn’t to say the Cardinals didn’t make deals, as the Redbirds pulled the trigger on three separate swaps to bolster their...
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

No need to panic on John Mozeliak’s trade deadline moves

Getty Images The 2015 Trade Deadline has come and gone, and as expected, the Cardinals were mainly quiet outside of Brandon Moss, Steve Cishek, and Jonathan Broxton. No, of course the Cardinals didn’t make any big splashes. And that’s understandable. With the trade rumors floating around of Carlos Gonzalez, Justin Upton, and Yoenis Cespedes, it just didn’t seem it was likely...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals Podcast: Breaking down the Steve Cishek trade

In Episode 7 of Best Dans in Baseball, Daniel Shoptaw and Dan Buffa break down the following fresh St. Louis Cardinals topics: *The Steve Cishek trade and how it affects the bullpen. *Remedies for Matt Carpenter. *The Randal Grichuk experience. *What to expect out of Stephen Piscotty? *Possible trades John Mozeliak can make as the deadline nears. *The upcoming schedule for the Cardinals...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: why adding Steve Cishek was a great move

With the July 31st trade deadline approaching, the St. Louis Cardinals made a surprising, and possibly genius, move. They traded with the Miami Marlins for right-handed reliever Steve Cishek. While many are concerned about St. Louis’ starting rotation and 1st base position, apparently the Cardinals had some of their own concerns about their bullpen. The late-inning relievers for...
July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Reliever Cishek added to roster, Cooney optioned to minors

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have added newly acquired reliever Steve Cishek to the roster and optioned rookie lefty Tim Cooney to Triple-A Memphis. The NL Central leaders made the move Saturday, a day after Cooney earned his first win in the majors this year by pitching seven strong innings against Atlanta. St. Louis got Cishek, a sidearming right-hander who has closing...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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