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North Siders agree to a new deal with reliever Pedro Strop

Cubs signed relief pitcher Pedro Strop to a contract extension with a club option for a second year.

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop have agreed to terms on a 2018 contract extension with a club option for the 2019 campaign. 

The set-up man avoided arbitration recently and will make $5.5 million in his final year before free agency. The extension gives Strop $5.8 million in 2018 with a club option of $6.25 million in 2019.

Acquired from the Orioles back in 2013 along with Jake Arrieta, the 31-year-old has made 232 relief appearances nia Cubs uniform with 84 holds, 0.98 WHIP and a 2.68 ERA in over 211 innings.

Since joining the Cubs, Strop leads all National League relief pitchers with a .173 batting average against, ranks second in holds, ranks third-lowest with a .530 opponent OPS, is tied for third in WHIP and ranks fourth with an average of 10.82 strikeouts per nine innings.

Last season, Strop went 2-2 with 21 holds, a 0.89 WHIP and a 2.85 ERA over 47.1 innings despite being limited to 54 relief outings due to late-season knee and groin injuries. He made eight post-season appearances and sported a 3.18 ERA in 5.2 IP.

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