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Cubs sign Pedro Strop to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration

Jan 17, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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The Cubs and 28-year-old reliever Pedro Strop have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $1.325 million, reports Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. This was Strop’s first year of arbitration eligibility.

The Cubs acquired Strop along with Jake Arrieta in a trade with the Orioles on July 2 last season. They sent Scott Feldman and Steve Clevinger to Baltimore. While Strop was awful in relief for the Orioles, posting a 7.25 ERA in 22 1/3 innings prior to the trade, he had much better results with the Cubs. In 35 innings with his new club, Strop posted a 2.83 ERA with a slight bump in his strikeout rate and markedly better control.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    That’s funny – at the fantasy general manager’s meeting last year a significant number of GMs were convinced that the Cubs were going to outbid everyone else for Pedro Strop. And whaddya know?

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