Cubs and Pedro Strop avoid arbitration with one-year deal


CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.525 million contract.

Strop was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. The 29-year-old right-hander requested a $3 million salary for 2015 and was offered $2 million by the Cubs when figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled just north of the midpoint.

Acquired from the Orioles along with Jake Arrieta for Scott Feldman in July of 2013, Strop has been very effective in a set-up role with Chicago, posting a 2.44 ERA and 113/36 K/BB ratio in 96 innings across 102 appearances. My goodness, that has turned out to be quite a nice deal for the Cubbies.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.