Former Cubs reliever DFA'd by Reds


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Pedro Strop was a fixture in the Cubs' bullpen for several seasons before joining the Reds. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Pedro Strop was a fixture in the Cubs' bullpen for several seasons before joining the Reds. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

CINCINNATI — Former Chicago Cubs reliever and fan favorite Pedro Strop had his stint with the Cincinnati Reds cut short on Wednesday. Strop signed a one-year deal worth over $1.8 million in the offseason, but his Reds tenure proved to be short-lived.

Strop, 35, previously pitched for the Cubs from 2013-19 and, at times, served as a setup man and a closer for the North Siders. However, after going 2-5 with a 4.97 ERA in 2019, Strop was not re-signed by the Cubs and instead joined the rival Reds. Known for tilting his hat to the left while pitching, Strop was a favorite of Cubs fans and was also an integral part of the 2016 bullpen that helped the Cubs win the World Series.

As a Red, Strop pitched only 2 1/3 innings before going on the injured list with a groin strain earlier this month. The Reds activated the right-hander off the injured list on Wednesday and subsequently designated him for assignment to make room on their active rosteer, effectively ending Strop's Cincinnati tenure.

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