After seven years with the Chicago Cubs, Dominican-born Pedro Strop has signed a one-year contract with division rival Cincinnati. The deal is worth $1.825 million and Strop can earn an additional $1.5 million in incentives.
The reliever with a father from Curaçao and a mother from the Dominican Republic will earn $1,825,000 and an additional $1,5 million in incentives. The deal is pending a physical.
Last week, Strop was still mulling between the Miami Marlins and the Texas Rangers, the team he started his MLB career with. Nevertheless, the Reds grabbed the bull by the horns and managed to sign the 34-year old reliever.
In 2009, Strop debuted in the Bigs with the Texas Rangers. But his first season was far from impressive as he posted a 7.71 ERA in 35 games. The next year his numbers deteriorated as his ERA rose to 10.13.
On September 1st, 2011, the Baltimore Orioles claimed Strop off waivers. His numbers had improved tremendously by then. With Texas, his ERA dropped to 3.72 but with the O’s his ERA was a microscopic 0.73. In 2012 season in which Pedro won 5 games and lost 2 and posted a 2.44 ERA. The next year, his numbers deteriorated dramatically and the O’s traded Strop to the Cubs. In the following years with the Cubs, his ERA stayed in the 2.00 range and he helped the team to win the 2016 World Series.
Eventually, after the 2019 season, Strop elected for free agency. His numbers were not as good as they were (4.97 ERA and a 2-5 record) likely due to a hamstring injury. Also, his velocity dropped a bit from 95.1 mph to 93.6 mph.
If Strop can regain his old shape, the Reds may have struck a very good deal.