Chicago Cubs Rumors Roundup: Cubs Sign Steve Cishek, Jake Arrieta Update, And More

The MLB offseason has been heating up since the Winter Meetings started this season with the Yankees trading for Giancarlo Stanton and the Angels signing Shohei Ohtani. Following their first World Series victory since 1908, the Chicago Cubs finished the 2017 season with a 92-70 record, winning the NL Central. The Cubs have been busy at the Winter Meetings and show no signs of slowing down. Here are the top rumors surrounding the Cubs that you need to know. 

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Cubs Sign Closer Steve Cishek
The Cubs grabbed another relief pitcher from the Winter Meetings Thursday, agreeing to a multi-year contract with former Marlins and Mariners closer Steve Cishek, according to Chicago Sun-Times

In his six seasons with the Marlins, he recorded 94 saves, proving to be a reliable late-inning guy. The 31-year-old started the season with the Mariners before he was traded to the Rays, pitching 44.2 innings last season while posting a 2.01 ERA.

Jake Arrieta High Price Tag
On Tuesday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that agent Scott Boras is trying to engage the Washington Nationals on free agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta.

The Nationals have a strong history with Boras clients, but the club already has a lot of money tied up in key players and Bryce Harper. In the late hours on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals aren't sure they can afford to sign Arrieta.

Arrieta reportedly wants somewhere around $200 million and if this is true, the Nationals may have to turn their attention somewhere else.

Hector Rondon Drawing Interest
Early Thursday morning, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported that Cubs relief pitcher Hector Rondon is drawing free agent interest from the Nationals and Astros.

The 29-year-old right-hander posted a 4.24 ERA, and 69/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings of relief in 2017.

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