Cubs Release Shawn Camp

According to the transactions page on, the Cubs released Shawn Camp on July 7, four days after designating him for assignment.

Shawn Camp had a bad season with the Cubs after re-signing with the team as a free agent in the off-season. Camp signed a one-year deal worth $1.35 million that included a $200,000 incentives package.

Updated 12:18pm CDTAccording to a report from Bruce Miles, Shawn Camp cleared waivers and the Cubs granted him his unconditional release.

While Carlos Marmol received a majority of the negative press, Camp pitched worse than Marmol and was 1-1 in 26 games with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP. In 23 innings, Camp allowed 34 hits, walked nine batters, struck out 13 and committed  two balks. Camp spent  nearly a month (May 22-June 15) on the DL with a sprained right big toe that he reportedly kept from the team.

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  • paulcatanese

    Toe be or not Toe be, that was the question. Even if he had no injury, his time had come, he really should not have been brought back this year.
    Classic example of the FO being stubborn with what they brought in and given an extended time even though they had to know he was done.

    • Scott

      I don’t blame the FO for bringing him back, although he has clearly been miserable this year. He signed a very cheap contract, especially coming off of a year where he led baseball in appearances (80) with a decent ERA (3.59) and WHIP (1.29).

      It seems that relievers do this all the time…they go from serviceable to miserable overnight.
      I think we can all agree that the Cubs are better off with this news though.

      • Steve Baier

        Yeah, happens a lot. just look at Mark Rzpi…. Rzypch…. the guy the Cardinals outrighted to Memphis after he got shelled this year, after being very effective just last year.

        • Theboardrider

          He was good last year. No reason to expect he’d disintegrate this year. He came cheap, really nothing to lose.

          I don’t see us regretting DFA’ing him. I think he’s done. Last year was a freak thing, apparently.

  • 07GreyDigger

    This is sooooo sad.

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