11/19 Cubs sign Camp

The Cubs and reliever Shawn Camp have agreed to a one-year, $1.35 million contract that includes another $200,000 in possible incentives, the team announced Monday. Camp, who was the Cubs’ only free agent, returns to the team after appearing in a career-high 80 relief appearances. He finished tied for the Major League lead in appearances and ranked fifth in the National League with 77 2/3 innings. Camp, who turned 37 on Sunday, is the ninth Cubs pitcher to reach 80 appearances, and first since Sean Marshall did so in 2010.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum picked the durable right-hander as the team’s first half Most Valuable Player. He totaled a career-high 18 holds, retired 57 of his first 80 batters faced, and stranded 15 of 22 inherited runners. Camp was released by the Mariners on March 23, and signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs three days later. He made the Opening Day roster and was one of the few veterans in the bullpen.

– Carrie Muskat

3 Comments

Good move….but with innings piling up, don’t be surprise of a tired arm by mid season.

I like Camp too. Very glad he will be with the Cubs this season.

I agree Cubs Talk. It is a good move to have his veteran presence in the bullpen but at age 37 and a lot of innings under his hood I wouldn’t be surprised if his 1.35 million is more of a reward for last year than a salary for 2013 as I suspect we may not get the same type of year from him. But still a good move and we can hope that he has one more quality year left in his tank.

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