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Cubs make $5.5 million deal with Pedro Strop to avoid arbitration

Cubs make $5.5 million deal with Pedro Strop to avoid arbitration

The Cubs avoided an arbitration hearing with Pedro Strop, settling on a one-year, $5.5 million contract with one of the National League's best setup guys.

Strop has been a key part of the bullpen and clubhouse culture since coming over from the Baltimore Orioles in the franchise-changing Jake Arrieta trade in the middle of the 2013 season.

Though a late-season injury limited his contributions during the playoffs, Strop has made 232 appearances for the Cubs, putting up a 2.68 ERA. In what will be his final season before hitting free agency, the Cubs expect Strop to regain his form and work in front of elite closer Wade Davis.

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Saturday's announcement came less than 72 hours before pitchers and catchers officially report to Arizona and Cubs management meets the press at the Sloan Park complex as defending World Series champs.

Strop had filed at $6 million while the Cubs countered at $4.6 million. This continues a streak for Theo Epstein, who is entering his 15th season running baseball operations for the Cubs or Boston Red Sox and has so far never taken a player to an arbitration hearing.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.