In 62 appearances with the Seattle Mariners, Cishek was 4-6 with a 2.81 ERA and 25 saves.
He started the season as the team’s closer, but after a couple of blown saves in midseason, he was demoted in favor of fireballing teenager Edwin Diaz.
He began the 2017 season with the Mariners before being sent to the Tampa Bay Rays on July 28th in exchange for Erasmo Ramirez.
He was 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA for Seattle before pitching brilliantly for the Rays, having an ERA of 1.09 in 26 games.
On December 18th, he signed a two-year, $13 million agreement with the Chicago Cubs following the season.
With ERAs of 2.18 in 80 games in 2018 and 2.95 in 70 games in 2019, he was a very good reliever for the Cubs both years.
Despite being primarily a set-up man, he occasionally closed games, recording 11 saves across the two seasons.
He also kept his strikeout rate low, with 45 in 70 1/3 innings in 2018 and 48 in 68 innings the following year.
In the 2018 National League Wild Card Game, he made his first playoff appearance, forcing the first hitter he faced, DJ LeMahieu, to ground into an inning-ending double play.
The Cubs went on to lose the game 2-1 in extra innings against the Colorado Rockies, and missed the playoffs the following year.
He became a free agent again after 2019 and signed a one-year agreement with the Chicago White Sox on January 7, 2020.
Where Is Steve Cishek Now?
Steve Cishek is with the Washington Nationals. Cishek signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals on March 14, 2022.