The Cubs have been busy shoring up their bullpen this morning. MLB Network’s John Heyman reports that they’ve agreed to deals with both Workman and Strop. Workman’s deal is reportedly for one year and $1M with an additional $2M in possible incentives, while the terms of the Strop deal are not yet known.
Workman spent last year with the Red Sox and Phillies, and he struggled mightily. He pitched to a 5.95 ERA and 5.48 FIP, both of which were the worst marks of his career. However, he pitched to a 1.88 ERA and 13.06 K/9 with the Red Sox in 2019 over a much larger sample size. He’ll look to rebound with a new squad in 2021.
Strop started 2020 with the Reds, but he was ultimately released from the team after logging just 2.1 innings out of their bullpen. He re-signed with the Cubs in September after pitching for them from 2014 through 2019, but he did not make an appearance for the team. He will return to Chicago in 2021, but he’s not a lock to make the Opening Day roster.
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