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Pedro Strop, Cubs Agree to $5.5 Million Contract, Avoiding Arbitration

Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Cubs and relief pitcher Pedro Strop have agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract for the 2017 season to avoid arbitration, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.

Strop will be making an extra $1.1 million this season after making $4.4 million last year. The 31-year-old Strop has been sensational since being traded to the Cubs from the Baltimore Orioles in the Jake Arrieta trade, as he went 2-2 with a 2.85 earned run average and 60 strikeouts over 47.1 innings of work in the 2016 regular season.

Chicago and Strop’s representatives were exchanging salary figures prior to coming to a common ground earlier today. Strop was asking to be paid $6 million this year, while the Cubs originally offered the right-hander $4.6 million.

The defending World Series champions now have all of their arbitration eligible players settled with salaries for the 2017 season, as they signed Arrieta, Hector Rondon, and Justin Grimm to one-year contracts back in January.

Strop will likely serve a middle relief role for the Cubs just like he did for part of last season before Aroldis Chapman came over in a trade from the Yankees. To compensate for the loss of Chapman, the Cubs acquired Wade Davis, which means Rondon will once again be the main setup main for a Cubs closer.

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