After he was claimed off waivers in spring training, Shawn Camp emerged as one of the most reliable arms out of the bullpen for the Cubs and manager Dale Sveum.
Chicago rewarded the veteran reliever with a one-year deal worth 1.35 million that contains 200,000 in incentives Monday morning.
Camp, who turned 37 Sunday, led the National League with 80 appearances last season, posting a 3.59 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, both among the best numbers of his nine-year career. He also set a new personal best with 18 holds while stranding 15 of 22 inherited runners.
The Cubs entered the offseason with Camp as their only free agent, but expressed interest in bringing the right-hander back to help bolster a bullpen currently filled with inexperienced pitchers.
The Cubs are Camp's seventh team since he was drafted in the 16th round by the Padres. He spent 2008-11 with the Blue Jays, compiling a 3.63 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 257.2 innings pitching in the competitive AL East. He signed on with the Mariners in spring 2012 before being released and claimed by the Cubs.
Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.
Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.
At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.
This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.
Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.
Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.
David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.
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