Reds sign Pedro Strop to 1-year Contract

The Reds have signed to a 1-year, $1.825 million contract through the 2020 season RHP Pedro Strop (pronounced Strope, #46) and designated for assignment RHP Sal Romano.

• Last name is pronounced Strope.
• Went 1-0, 1.86 in 22 career career Postseason apps for the Orioles (2012) and Cubs (2015-2018)…earned
the win in Game 4 of the 2012 American League Division Series vs the Yankees.
• Holds the Cubs’ franchise record for apps in the Postseason by a pitcher (20g, 2.12era).
• Holds the Cubs’ franchise record for holds in a career with 120.
• Ranks fourth in Cubs history with 411 relief apps.
• Is the only relief pitcher in Cubs history to produce an ERA below 3.00 in more than 3 consecutive seasons.
• Among Cubs relievers all-time, with a minimum of 100 apps, ranks third in opponents’ batting average
(.185), fifth in strikeouts per 9 innings (10.25) and sixth in ERA (2.90).
• His opponents’ batting average of .188 at Wrigley Field is the fourth-lowest at that ballpark (Carlos Marmol
.182, Jake Arrieta .182, Sandy Koufax .187).
• While with the Cubs (2013-2019), ranked sixth in the National League in that span with an opponents’
batting average of .185.
• From 2014-2018, was the only pitcher in the Major Leagues to produce in each of those 5 seasons an
ERA below 3.00 while making at least 50 apps…6 other pitchers produced those numbers in 4 of those
5 seasons, not necessarily consecutive (Cody Allen, Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen,
Craig Kimbrel, Andrew Miller).
• On 8/11/17 at Ari, threw 1.1 perfect innings to become the first pitcher in Cubs history with 100 career holds.
• His 0.89 WHIP in 2016 was second-best among National League relievers behind LA’s Kenley Jansen (0.67).
• In 2016 became only the second Cubs pitcher ever to allow 30 hits or fewer while appearing in at least 50
games (54g, 47.1ip, 27h), joining Neil Ramirez in 2014.
• On 6/28/16 at Cin made his only career appearance at a position other than pitcher, played LF in the
Cubs’ 15-inning, 7-2 win.
• Posted a 2.85 ERA in 54 apps during the Cubs’ 2016 World Series championship season.
• Earned his first career victory in an 11-inning, 5-4 Orioles win on 9/7/11 at NYY.
• Made his Major League debut in a 3-2 Rangers loss on 8/28/09 at Min…threw a perfect eighth inning and
struck out his first batter, 2009 American League batting champion Joe Mauer.
• In 2010 was a Pacific Coast League All-Star.
• Missed most of the 2008 season with a fractured right elbow.
• Began his professional career as an infielder in the Rockies’ system but was converted to pitcher after
hitting .208 in 161 minor league apps from 2003-2005.

• Despite 2 stints on the disabled list made 50 apps for the Cubs and finished second on the staff with 10 saves.
• Was disabled with a left hamstring strain (5/7-6/4) and with left neck tightness (7/27-8/6).
• On 4/5 at Mil recorded the 500th strikeout of his career (Hernán Pérez).
• On 8/30 vs Mil made his 400th career apps with the Cubs.
• Following the season became a free agent…on 2/5/20 was signed by the Reds to a 1-year contract through
the 2020 season.