Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:29:03 -0800
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with RP Pedro Strop Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.325 million deal.
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:52:14 -0800
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman is suggesting that RP Jose Veras will close for the team next season. He agreed on a one-year, $4 million deal Tuesday, Dec. 17, with $3.85 million base salary plus a $150,000 buyout on his $5.5 million option for the 2015 season.
Fantasy Tip: A lot can change between now and opening day. But for now, put Veras higher in your closer rankings than Pedro Strop. Veras sacrificed some dominance for control as the closer for the Houston Astros last year. The move to the National League should be nice, but he won't have as long a leash as he did in Houston if his control problems resurface.
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:13:47 -0800
The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with free-agent RP Jose Veras (Tigers) Tuesday, Dec. 17. He has a $5.5 million option for the 2015 season.
Fantasy Tip: Veras will likely compete with Pedro Strop for the closer role in spring training. Until we know who has the upper hand, both should be late-round speculation additions to your relief corps.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:11:18 -0800
The Chicago Cubs have mutual interest in free-agent RP John Axford (Cardinals) as they look to shore up their closer situation this offseason. Executive Theo Epstein said he won't really know who the team's closer is until the offseason is over. Axford has reportedly heard from 14 teams this winter. The Cubs believe RP Pedro Strop has the stuff to close, and RPs Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) and Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) are recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 07:17:58 -0800
The Chicago Cubs re-signed INF Donnie Murphy and C George Kottaras to one-year deals. They also tendered contracts to 2B Darwin Barney, SP Jeff Samardzija, SP Travis Wood, RP Pedro Strop, RP James Russell, INF Luis Valbuena and OF Nate Schierholtz.
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:53:15 -0800
Chicago Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio suggested Tuesday, Nov. 26, that RPs Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon could compete for the closer's job.
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:51:13 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Pedro Strop will be used as the team's closer for the rest of the season as they look forward to next year. Strop is 0-for-3 in save situations this year but has 15 holds. RP Kevin Gregg was 32-for-37 in save situations this year, but he'll be a free agent in the offseason and Strop will be entering his first arbitration year.
Fantasy Tip: Run to your league's waiver wire and grab Strop immediately if you're in title contention and are lacking in saves. This could put you over the top in the final week of the season.
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:17:10 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said RP Pedro Strop could be used in save chances for the final month of the season. Sveum indicated that the team has no idea who might enter next season as the closer.
Fantasy Tip: Grab Strop in all formats if you're still chasing saves in order to win your fantasy baseball championship.
Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:14:07 -0700
The Chicago Cubs may consider using RP Pedro Strop as their closer next season. Entering play Sunday, Aug. 11, he had not been scored upon in 17 of his 18 appearances since joining the team. "He seems to be able to handle the eighth inning just fine," manager Dale Sveum said. "You just never know. That's a long way away. Hopefully, you have seven closers out there." Strop is currently serving as the set-up man and is unlikely to see any save opportunities during the rest of this season unless CL Kevin Gregg is unavailable.
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:03:10 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said over the weekend that RP Pedro Strop could be thrust into the closer role if and when RP Kevin Gregg is traded this month. "He's obviously one of the higher candidates just because he's pitched in high-profile games already in the big leagues," said Sveum of Strop, who pitched well in two playoff games for the Baltimore Orioles last fall. Strop hasn't allowed a run in eight outings with the Cubs since being traded July 2.
Fantasy Tip: If you're in search of saves, it would be wise to pick up Strop or Blake Parker now. Strop will be the next in line if Gregg is traded, which is expected. But don't count out Parker making his way to the ninth inning if Strop struggles.