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Cubs sign Steve Cishek to 2-year deal

Relievers are flying off the shelves.

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The Cubs and reliever Steve Cishek have agreed to terms on a deal pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal reports.

Jerry Crasnick also reports that the deal is for two years and in the $12-14 million range.

Cishek, 31, has abbreviated experience in the NL Central after pitching 23 13 innings with the Cardinals in the second half of the 2015 season. The right-hander began the 2017 in Seattle before being traded to the Rays, where he dazzled with a 1.09 ERA in 24 23 innings.

Cishek finished the 2017 season with a 2.01 ERA and struck out 41 batters in 44 23 innings. He did a much better job keeping balls in the park last season, allwowing 0.6 home runs per nine innings as opposed to his mark of 1.1 homers per nine in 2016.

Cubs relievers finished the 2017 season with a team ERA of 3.80, sixth best in baseball.