Cubs and Pedro Strop avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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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.