Chicago Cubs, Pedro Strop Avoid Arbitration

According to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com, the Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop have avoided arbitration. Strop will make 2.525 million in 2015. The Cubs initially offered Strop 2 million and Strop was asking for 3 million. Strop was the last Cub waiting for a new contract for next season and now both sides do not have to go to a arbitration hearing.

The Cubs have all other 6 arbitration eligible players under contract for the 2015 season … OF Dexter Fowler (9.5 million), RHP Jake Arrieta (3.63 million),  LHP Felix Doubront (1.925 million), OF Chris Coghlan (2.505 million), LHP Travis Wood (5.685 million) and C Welington Castillo (2.1 million).

If you don’t recall, the Cubs acquired Strop along with Arrieta two years ago from the Baltimore Orioles for Steve Clevenger and Scott Feldman.

Last season, Strop posted a 2.21 earn run average with giving up 40 hits, 2 home runs, 25 walks while striking out 71 batters in 61 innings pitched (60 games).

The Cubs have a young bullpen, but an up incoming bullpen. The Cubs bullpen last season was not great, but came into its own in the second half. Two of the Cubs pitchers that did not do great last season are not on the team anymore. James Russell was traded to Atlanta (signed a 1-year contract avoiding arbitration with the Braves) and Wesley Wright was non-tender by the Cubs (signed a 1-year deal reuniting with Tampa Bay).

The Cubs have four players, along with Strop set in stone to pitch out of the bullpen in 2015 … RHP Neil Ramirez, RHP Hector Rondon, RHP Justin Grimm and RHP Jason Motte.

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