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Cubs sign Pedro Strop to 1-year extension

The reliever’s deal includes a club option for 2019, extending Chicago’s control for two years.

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The Cubs have signed reliever Pedro Strop to a one-year extension with a club option for 2019, according to a team announcement. Per FanRag’s Jon Heyman, the deal is worth $6.35 million with the option being valued at $6.25 million, with the max value being a two-year, $11.85 million deal through 2019.

Strop, 31, was set to become a free agent next winter, but will instead remain under Cubs’ control for two additional seasons. While the news of an extension comes as a bit of a surprise, spring training is usually the time where teams try to lock up pending free agents.

Strop has been with the Cubs since 2013, when he was acquired from the Orioles along with Jake Arrieta in a deal that sent Scott Feldman to Baltimore. He has posted a 2.68 ERA and 10.8 K/9 in that span, appearing in 232 appearances.

Strop was once again effective in 2016, pitching to a 2.85 ERA in 47.1 innings for the World Champions. He owns a career 3.23 ERA and 6.5 WAR in eight major-league seasons with Texas (2009-11), Baltimore (2011-13) and Chicago (2013-16).