Héctor Gómez of Deportivo Z 101 reported late last night that the Reds and free agent reliever Pedro Strop were nearing agreement on a contract. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal confirmed today that the two sides have indeed reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth $1.825 million. Strop can earn an additional $1.625 million through performance incentives.
Strop, 34, had a down year for the Cubs this past season, finishing with a 4.97 ERA along with 49 strikeouts and 20 walks over 41 2/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best relievers, however, from 2014-18, posting an aggregate 2.61 ERA. Among relievers with at least 200 innings of work in that span of time, Strop’s ERA ranked 17th.
The Reds already have a solid back of the bullpen, so Strop is likely to work in middle relief. If he happens to have a bounce-back year, he can certainly find himself back in high-leverage spots, however.
Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos and his brother Lou have agreed to end their fight over a lawsuit in which Lou accused John of seizing control of the team in defiance of their father Peter’s wishes.
Lou Angelos sued John last year, claiming John took control of the Orioles at his expense. Georgia Angelos, their mother, also was named as a defendant.
In a Friday court filing in the case, John, Lou, Georgia and Peter Angelos called on “all claims, including all counterclaims and defenses, asserted therein be dismissed with prejudice in their entirety.”
“The Parties also withdraw and terminate all pending motions submitted in these actions,” the filing said.
Peter Angelos became the Orioles’ owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turned 93 last year. According to the suit, he had surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017.
Lou Angelos accused John of trying to take control of Peter Angelos’ assets and manipulating Georgia Angelos. The lawsuit was one of a handful of off-field issues looming over the Orioles this offseason. The team also has a lease at Camden Yards that expires at the end of the year.