Cubs exercise Pedro Strop’s club option

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The Cubs announced on Thursday that reliever Pedro Strop‘s 2019 club option worth $6.25 million has been exercised. Strop will be eligible for free agency after next season.

Strop, 33, has been one of the biggest contributors out of the Cubs’ bullpen over the last five and a half seasons. In 331 1/3 career innings with the Cubs, the right-hander owns a 2.63 ERA with 376 strikeouts and 127 walks. Last season was one of his best, as he finished with a 2.26 ERA, 13 saves, and a 57/21 K/BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings.

Brandon Morrow will reprise his role as the Cubs’ closer, but Strop will be first in line for saves in the event Morrow lands on the DL again.