Strop avoids arbitration
Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop avoid arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million deal. The 31-year-old becomes a free agent after the season. Strop was asking $6 million and the Cubs had offered $4.6 million. The Cubs have already agreed to terms with their other three arbitration eligible players—Jake Arrieta ($15.6), Justin Grimm ($1.8) and Hector Rondon ($5.8).
Non-Roster New Faces
With position players the strength of the Cubs organization, its no surprise the Cubs only singed three new players to minor league deals with a spring training invite.
The biggest addition was catcher Carlos Corporan, who could end up in Wrigley as AAA catching depth is usually needed at some point during the long season. Jemile Weeks provides insurance if anything happens to Javier Baez or Addison Russell for an extended time and Chris Dominguez gives Iowa a first baseman.
Here’s a look at what the newcomers did before signing with the Cubs.
Carlos Corporan, C—A veteran of 232 big league games from 2011-15 for the Astros and Rangers, Corporan spent 2016 in AAA with the Rays and Marlins organizations. A former draft pick of the Brewers in 2003, the Puerto Rican native sports a career slash line of .218/.280/.342 with 20 homers in 780 plate appearances. He’s thrown out 23 percent of base runners in his career.
Chris Dominguez, IF—A versatile corner infielder who can also play the outfield, Dominguez was originally drafted by the Giants and after spending most of his minor league career at third, made his pro debut with the Giants in 2014 (8 G, 1-for-17). Rodriguez spent the 2015 season in the Reds organization after signing as a free agent. With the Red Sox last year in AAA, the 30-year-old hit .241/.275/.439 in 77 games.
Jemile Weeks, IF—A former first-round pick of the A’s, Weeks made a quick rise through Oakland’s system and broke into the big leagues slashing .303/.340/.421 in 97 games with 26 doubles and 22 stolen base in 2011. Its been all downhill since then, hitting .211 in his next season before getting traded to Baltimore and then to Boston. Weeks appeared in 17 games with the Padres to start 2016 but a serious hamstring injury ended his season in early May.