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MLB Rumors: Free-agent reliever Steve Cishek 'would like' to sign with Red Sox

MLB Rumors: Free-agent reliever Steve Cishek 'would like' to sign with Red Sox

Outside of a few minor depth moves, it's been a quiet offseason thus far for the Boston Red Sox.

If they're looking to make some bigger splashes, adding one of the top relief pitchers on the free-agent market wouldn't be a bad place to start. And it looks like Chaim Bloom and Co. have one intriguing option.

Steve Cishek has expressed interest in signing with Boston, according to Peter Gammons of The Athletic. The Cape Cod native spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, posting a 2.55 ERA in 134.1 innings during that span.

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Cishek, 33, as played on five different teams (Marlins, Cardinals, Mariners, Rays, and Cubs) during his 10-year career. If the veteran were to make it six with the Red Sox, he would provide a much-needed boost to a bullpen that was noticeably taxed for a good portion of the 2019 campaign.

As Gammons notes, Cishek could be out of Boston's price range given the front office's focus on shedding payroll ahead of 2020. There are plenty of teams in need of bullpen help who undoubtedly will compete in the bidding for the submariner's services.

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Who are the best designated hitters in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best designated hitters in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

There's only one choice for best designated hitter in Red Sox history, but just in case there's any doubt, we'll quote broadcaster Dave O'Brien with the signature call from his WEEI days: "DAVID ORTIZ! DAVID ORTIZ! DAVID ORTIZ!"

No sense in even pretending there's any suspense on this one.

What's fascinating about ranking the Red Sox DHs, however, is just how few of them have actually held down the position for any length of time over the years.

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Only nine players have made at least 200 appearances there with the Red Sox since the DH was introduced in 1973, and four of them — Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, and Manny Ramirez — have already appeared elsewhere in our outfield rankings.

That leaves five men to fill out the list, and about the only difficult omission is slugger Jose Canseco, who made 184 appearances between 1995 and 1996.

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Latest reports on MLB negotiations don't bode well for 2020 season

Latest reports on MLB negotiations don't bode well for 2020 season

While the NBA gears up for a reported return in late July, Major League Baseball is still stuck in neutral.

MLB has rejected the MLB Players Association's proposal for a 114-game season in 2020 and doesn't plan to make a counter-offer, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich reported Wednesday.

The sticking point appears to be around player pay: The players agreed to prorated 2020 salaries in March but called for no additional salary cuts in their latest proposal, per The Athletic. MLB's proposal to the union last month, meanwhile, called for a "50-50 revenue split" between owners and players in an 82-game season.

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According to The Athletic, MLB is considering a season with as few as 50 games in front of no fans as a potential option but has not proposed that scenario to the union.

Yet multiple players recently told ESPN's Jeff Passan they're opposed to a shorter season, with one telling Passan, "We want to play more games, and they want to play less. We want more baseball."

The New York Post's Joel Sherman summed up the current state of negotiations Wednesday in a rather depressing tweet.

All hope isn't completely lost for the 2020 MLB season to happen amid the coronavirus pandemic, however. SNY's Andy Martino suggested MLB declining to counter the players' proposal could just be a negotiating tactic as the sides attempt to find common ground.

Still, it doesn't appear the league and the players are close to finding that common ground. And considering the Boston Red Sox had already played 59 regular-season games by this point last year, time is running out.

UPDATE (4:23 p.m. ET): MLB Network's Jon Heyman is a bit more optimistic about the league and the players working things out: