According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs and RHP Pedro Strop agreed to terms on a one-year contract for $2.525 million.
The Cubs and Strop settled slightly over the midpoint. Strop submitted a $3 million figure and the Cubs filed at $2 million. Strop avoided arbitration a year ago and was paid $1.325 million. And he will make a little more than the estimated $1.9-2.5 million for the 2015 season.
The Cubs have agreed to terms on one-year deals with all seven of the team’s arbitration eligible players and will avoid the ugly process of an arbitration hearing. The Cubs have not gone to arbitration with any player under the current regime. INF Ryan Theriot in 2010 is the last player to take the Cubs in front of an independent arbiter.
The Cubs reportedly signed RHP Jake Arrieta ($3.63 million), LHP Felix Doubront ($1.925 million), OF Chris Coghlan ($2.505 million), LHP Travis Wood ($5.685 million), C Welington Castillo ($2.1 million) and OF Dexter Fowler ($9.5 million) to one-year deals. And the team avoided arbitration with INF Luis Valbuena on a one-year, $4.2 million deal before sending him and RHP Dan Straily to the Astros for Dexter Fowler.
Pedro Strop quietly had a very good year and was arbitration eligible for the second time in his career. Strop was 2-4 in 65 games with a 2.21 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 2.66 FIP. Strop saved two games and gave up 40 hits with 71 strikeouts and 25 walks in 61 innings.
Like Jake Arrieta, Strop has gotten his career back on track with the Cubs. Strop has limited his walks while getting swings and misses with his slider. In a season and a half working with Chris Bosio, Strop is 4-6 with a 2.44 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 2.53 FIP in 102 appearances. Strop has allowed 62 hits with 36 walks and 113 strikeouts in 96 innings.
The Cubs are depending on Pedro Strop to pick up where he left off last season. On paper, the Cubs have a good pen with several options as Spring Training is set to begin with depth that is slated to begin the year with the Iowa Cubs. If all goes as planned, the backend of Joe Maddon’s pen should include Hector Rondon, Jason Motte, Neil Ramirez, Justin Grimm and Pedro Strop on Opening Night against the Cardinals.