Monday, December 30, 2019

Reliever And Cape Cod Native Steve Cishek Wants To Sign With The Red Sox

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Don't break out the bubbly too quickly, Sox fans. While Falmouth, Massachusetts native Steve Cishek wants to sign with his hometown team, the Red Sox cost-cutting mandate may prevent Chaim Bloom from snaring the veteran reliever. The free-agent made $7.1 million last year—which is apparently too rich for John Henry's blood these days. While it's understandable that the team wants to avoid the crushing penalties of again being over the luxury tax threshold, this is starting to get ridiculous. Boston has made no significant moves this off-season—to a team that had a losing record at Fenway Park last year. Fans notice things like that, and if the team fails to address a critical need like the bullpen, they will quickly see the handwriting on the wall for 2020.