Bats: Right — Throws: Right
Position: Relief Pitcher
Born: 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 as he was a closer for the Marlins from 2012-2014. During that time, he saved 88 games, pitching 198.2 innings and striking out 226 with a 2.72 ERA. He was not an elite closer, but he was effective.
Overall, he is 17-20 with 95 saves, a 2.82 ERA, 2.81 FIP, and 3.33 xFIP. He uses a funky sidearm mechanics, featuring a fastball (90-94 mph), sinker (89-92 mph), slider (82-84 mph), and change up (83-86 mph).
Cishek had a down year in 2015, however. In 32 games with the Marlins, he went 2-6 with a 4.50 ERA and only three saves. After losing his closer role to A.J. Ramos, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched well for them, posting a 2.31 ERA in 27 games and recording one save. He ended up posting a 3.58 ERA for the season as a whole, and for the worst season in his career, that’s not terrible.
He is historically effective against both right and left handed batters. In his career, righties have slashed .216/.283/.305 and lefties are at .234/.330/.350.
Contract: Tough to say, but one report had Cishek probably fetching a 2-3 year deal at $3-6 million per season. There are plenty of more appealing relievers on the market, such as Darren O’Day (MMO Profile) and Joakim Soria (MMO Profile). However, Cishek could be one of those risk/reward guys ans someone will probably look at him as a potential setup man. It remains to be seen how much his down year affects his price tag, but there should be quite a few interested teams.
Recommendation: Take a shot. He was ineffective with the Marlins, however once he went to the Cardinals he was very good, posting that 2.31 ERA. He and Addison Reed would form a solid combination for the 7th and 8th innings in front of Familia. Both of those men have closing experience so they would be able to fill that need in a pinch. He shouldn’t be too expensive, and at 29, a two-year deal isn’t particularly daunting.