CHICAGO — The Cubs know that their late-inning setup situation will evolve in the upcoming campaign. On Wednesday, Chicago added another experienced option to the mix for those duties, agreeing to a one-year deal with right-hander
The Cubs have not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical and would include a base salary of $1 million (with another $2 million possible via incentives).
Workman, 32, posted a 5.95 ERA in 21 games between the Red Sox and Phillies in the abbreviated 2020 season, but he enjoyed a stellar showing one year earlier. During the 2019 season, the righty had a 1.88 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings for Boston. Workman has a 3.89 ERA in 209 career games in parts of six MLB seasons.
The Cubs have also reached an agreement on a Minor League contract with veteran reliever Pedro Strop, who will be invited to Major League camp. In 2020, the 35-year-old Strop appeared in only four games with the Reds, who released the righty on Aug. 31. Strop re-signed with the Cubs via a Minor League pact last summer and worked out at Chicago’s alternate training site, but he did not return to the big leagues. Prior to 2020, the righty logged a 2.90 ERA in 411 games in parts of seven seasons as a setup man for the Cubs.