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Cubs re-sign Rodrigo Lopez to minor-league contract

Jan 20, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

Rodrigo Lopez AP

Rodrigo Lopez did a decent job in 98 innings for the Cubs last season, posting a 4.42 ERA in 16 starts and 10 relief outings, and he’ll return to Chicago on a minor-league contract.

His deal includes an invitation to spring training, but the 36-year-old right-hander will likely be competing for a long-relief role at most considering the Cubs’ rotation is all but set.

Lopez threw 200 innings for the Rockies in 2010, but that came with a 5.00 ERA and league-high 37 homers allowed. He also served up 18 homers in 98 innings last season, which along with sub par strikeout rates and mediocre control makes him a pretty marginal big leaguer at this point.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Not to be a pain, but you didn’t have a photo of him as a Cub…?

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