Today the Chicago Cubs announced that they’ve re-signed relieve Shawn Camp to a one-year, $1.35 million deal, which includes another $200,000 in incentives.

Camp was the Cubs’ most reliable reliever last year after the team picked him up off of the scrap heap at the end of Spring Training. Dale Sveum even repeatedly called Camp one of his MVPs.

Camp, who just turned 37, put up a 3.59 ERA and 1.288 WHIP over 77.2 innings. He was one of the most used relievers in baseball, and put up a nice 2.57 K/BB ratio over that stretch. His numbers would look even better if not for just a couple terrible August/September outings, but I suppose we can play that game with just about everyone.

He’ll return to his duties in the latter middle innings (is that a thing?) for the Cubs in 2013, who undoubtedly wouldn’t hate it if he improved on his 2012 performance, allowing them to flip him for a modest prospect at the deadline.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The incentives are likely tied to closing games, something Camp is unlikely to be doing in 2013 (and, if he is, it will be with an eye toward upping his possible trade value).

All in all, it’s a fine deal. The bullpen keeps some consistency, and gets a solid middle reliever for relatively cheap. Sure, you hate paying for veteran middle relievers, but there’s something to be said for having some veteran presence out there with all the youngsters.

The timing of the signing is the only part that gets me. I suppose it’s possible that some other teams were really making a push, but tomorrow is the 40-man deadline for purposes of the Rule 5 Draft. Couldn’t the Cubs have waited a few weeks to re-sign Camp? They must know something we don’t …

As it stands, the 40-man is now at 39. They’ve got to do something before tomorrow. I reckon there’s some doin’s a-happenin’.

  • Rice Cube

    As it stands, the 40-man is now at 39. They’ve got to do something before tomorrow.


  • fromthemitten

    good to keep some stability in the bullpen. seems like a good teammate and hopefully he can show some of the young arms how to do business in The Show

  • abe

    That makes 2 players that they added to the 40 (the catcher and camp) that they probably could have waited to sign plus the 2 waiver pick ups. It will be inserting to see what happens to there roster over the next day.

  • Idaho Razorback

    The 1st thing I thought of was the 40 man roster. Something WILL be done before tomorrow.

  • Rice Cube

    When’s the 40-man roster set deadline? I was assuming 11:59 PM tomorrow night.

    • Brett

      Not sure if it’s close of business or midnight, but if I remember last year, it must be later in the evening, because I remember writing about Lake and Vitters later in the evening.

      • Rice Cube

        Cool, thanks Brett. I think the trade deadlines were in the afternoon and the free agent qualifying offer deadlines were towards midnight. MLB is goofy when it comes to their set times.

    • Kyle

      Last year it was 5 p.m. EST. My best guess is that it’ll be the same.

      • Rice Cube

        Well, at least I’ll get to go to sleep early then 😉

  • hansman1982

    I did see a tweet from someone (runs a Cubs trade/signing rumor blog – can’t think of the name) that said Levine was saying that the Cubs are working on a whopper of a trade.

    Maybe the Dodgers don’t want to get left behind the Jays in “GIVE ME ALL OF YOUR PLAYERS” trade market.

    • Brett

      Yeah, Bruce mentioned it this weekend on the radio. I’ll have something on it later today – didn’t want to bury it or give it short shrift.

    • DarthHater

      Okay, time for the tweetering twats to leak something that trashes this trade before it happens… 😛

    • daveyrosello

      Giancarlo, plz.

  • cccubfan

    My question is did they sign the contract already or are they waiting until after the rule 5 to make an announcement? Then it would technically not take up a roster spot, correct?????
    Got any idea about that Brett?

    • Kyle

      The deadline to add minor leaguers to the 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft is tomorrow, but the actual draft itself is still quite a while away, so probably not.

  • auggie1955

    Camp had a fine year with the Cubs. I was very surprised that he was not traded at the trading deadline this past season. I’m very happy he has re-signed with the Cubs.

  • ncsujuri

    Whopper of a trade?!? Hmmmm, me thinks it must have to do w/ the ‘smoke’ around Porcello last week…don’t keep us waiting Brett!!!!!

  • justinjabs

    Good signing. Yes you dislike paying for old relief pitchers … but this is like $1.5M max, which is more than fine for an aged RP in my book.

  • Believe in 2015

    Now that Garza is healthy again do you see trade talks picking back up? Or will teams want to see him pitch in the spring?

    • Petrowsky

      Teams will want to see him pitch again to make sure he is healthy. His value is as low as it can be right now, and if the Cubs are going to trade him they will look to get as many good players as possible in return. I would say if the Cubs do move him it will be around the trade deadline.

    • TheRiot2

      Garza healthy again ? That remains to be seen, come spring training. There was nothing more said than his elbow was structurally sound,lets see how the stress he puts on it this spring plays out.

  • Mr. Gonzo

    My tea leaves hint at Soriano/Marmol/Vitters/Trunk full of leprechaun gold/Theo’s left testicle to Detroit for Porcello/Castellanos.

    • TheRiot2

      I believe it would take two balls for that to occur.( A nice thought for Cub fans if Porcello and Castellanos wind up in Cubbie Blue, but not so much for Theo and the Mrs. I believe that’s a good deal as long as Almora and Soler remain a Cub.

  • Fastball

    I can’t believe they re-signed him. I guess this is a sign that we are going to suck again. This guy can’t throw hard enough to break a window. I can’t stand watching this guy pitch with his Jr. High slider and curve ball. It’s just depressing for me to see them sign a guy who throws about 83 mph and is 37 years old. They can’t find anyone better anywhere in ML baseball. It’s a joke.

    • bails17


  • Fastball

    Camp had a fine year with the Cubs! He wouldn’t have even been in baseball if the Cubs didn’t have such as shitty BP. He was cut,/dfa’d as in career over at 37. Now he gets $1.5M to hang around another year. Hey I ain’t pissed at Camp. That’s damned good work for what he has going for him.
    I’m pissed this FO couldn’t find a better pitcher. Did they even look? They could have signed Camp on February 12th for this kind of money. I would have waited on the market a long time before signing the guy.

  • MightyBear

    Not a great signing but not a bad one either.

  • blublud

    I think we will see A trade with Detroit, but I reckon the Cubs are looking to make a move on 2 fronts. Anybody looking for us to trade Sori, not going to happen.

    To Detroit:


    To Chicago
    Luis Sanz(flier)

    This move opens up 2 roster spots, and give the Cubs an old, but possibly usable piece in the future.
    Detroit would be close to the 40 Man limit but they will cover 2 of tyheir biggest needs. 2B, Bullpen, with a couple young pieces.

    Second Trade I see

    To the Angels

    Marmol(5 million)
    Junior Lake

    To the Cubs

    Micheal Clevinger(Type)
    Other light weight Prospect

    This opens up 4 slots. Then the Cubs can release

    This gets the roster down to 33, which would allow them to protect the players they need to protect and still leave room for a couple free agent signings.

    • blublud

      Not saying we will see these exact trades, just these types of trades.

    • Chad

      No issues with either of these trades.

    • AB

      The proposed Detroit trade would put their 40-man roster at or above 40 and leave them no room to protect their own players or sign FA. The Cubs would have to swap a couple of those guys out with non-rostered prospects (like Torreyes or Alcantra).

  • When the Music’s Over

    Castellanos shows signs of being similar to Vitters. Sickels has brought this up a few times in the past week. He’s a nice player and all, but I wouldn’t overpay for him.

    When compared to Grabow or Eyre (and to a lesser extent Howry), Camp’s deal looks like an absolute steal. Good extremely low risk signing in my book.

  • Caleb

    Yesterday I said “Scott baker?” as a short, symbolic response to the article about the old Japanese reliever dude.
    I meant Shawn camp. But I’m sure you knew that.
    (insert comment about beer and BN posting)

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