On Monday, the Chicago Cubs made two roster additions in preparation for a possible postseason run. The Cubs introduced they’ve reunited with veteran righty reliever Pedro Strop, signing him to a minor-league contract. In addition they claimed speedster Billy Hamilton off waivers from the New York Mets.

Strop, 35, signed a one-year cope with the NL Central rival Reds this previous offseason, however was launched late final month after permitting three runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Strop has missed a lot of the season with a groin pressure and the Cubs say he has been assigned to their alternate web site, the place he’ll work to get recreation prepared.

It isn’t a stretch to say Strop is likely one of the greatest relievers in Cubs historical past. From 2013-19, he threw 373 innings with a 2.90 ERA and 425 strikeouts for Chicago and stuffed a wide range of roles. He closed, he arrange, he pitched in center aid, no matter. Strop is not the pitcher he was at his peak, however the Cubs know he suits the clubhouse.

Hamilton, 29, was designated for task by the Mets final week, following a base-running blunder towards the Yankees. The Cubs might be his third group of the season — Hamilton began the season with the Giants earlier than being traded to the Mets on Aug. 2. He’s 1 for 22 (.045) with one stroll (.083) this season, and is a profession .241/.295/.324 hitter.

After all, the Cubs aren’t claiming Hamilton for his bat. They need his legs. He’s arguably the quickest runner within the sport. MLB is utilizing a 28-man roster all 12 months, together with the postseason, and Chicago can stash Hamilton on their bench as a late-inning pinch-running specialist in October. Additionally, he is a superb gloveman and has worth as a defensive alternative.

Jason Heyward exited Sunday evening’s recreation with shortness of breath and is present process exams — supervisor David Ross was fast to inform reporters, including ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, the group has “had no constructive COVID exams” on Monday — so Hamilton will present outfield depth whereas Heyward is sidelined.

Along with claiming Hamilton and signing Strop, the Cubs additionally claimed utility man Ildemaro Vargas off waivers from the Twins and designated lefty Matt Dermody for task. Catcher Jose Lobaton was launched from the alternate web site as effectively.

The Cubs come into Monday in first place within the NL Central at 23-18. They’ve misplaced three straight video games and eight of their final 13, nevertheless, and their lead over the Cardinals has shrunk to 1 1/2 video games.

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