shawn camp cubsLast week, amid a flurry of activity, the Chicago Cubs relatively quietly designated reliever Shawn Camp for assignment. It seemed unlikely that they’d find a taker for him – even more unlikely than Carlos Marmol, for whom the Cubs did find a trading partner – and that the designation would end in a release.

Today, according to the Cubs’ transaction wire, it did.

Camp, whom the Cubs picked up as a Mariners cast-off in late Spring Training last year, was brilliant on the cheap for the Cubs in 2012. He put up a 3.59 ERA and a 1.288 WHIP over 77.2 innings and 80 appearances. His 2.57 K/BB was solid, and he was reliable virtually every time he took the field.

The Cubs ignored the warnings signs of age – Camp turned 37 in the offseason – and usage – those 80 appearances led the league – and rewarded Camp with a $1.35 million deal for 2013. Given the state of the bullpen, and the low dollars involved, you couldn’t really complain too much about it. It felt like an overpay, and the risks were apparent. It didn’t work out – Camp had a 7.04 ERA in limited duty this year – but the Cubs will be all right for it.

Best of luck to Camp, who’ll probably try to latch on with another organization.

  • Rebuilding

    Well Shawn, we’ll always have 2012. Nothing bad you can say about Camp. He gutted it up last year and did all he could, they just rode him too hard

    • BT

      Or his true talent level caught up to him.

      • Rebuilding

        Yes, or that. Either way he provided more than expected

  • TonyP

    Thanks for the 2012 season.

  • EricR

    Seemed like a cool guy. He’s my age so I was rooting for him, but alas, this had to be. He can always point to his 2012 season as the year he dominated.

  • Timmy

    He was over due to advanced age, but he had a great short run with the team. Thanks Shawn!

  • Edward Gomez

    Gave everything he had. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the fight that’s in the dog. Definitely an overachiever!

  • notcubbiewubbie

    godspeed aramis!!!!

  • mudge

    80 appearances. That’ll do ya. Thanks, Shawn.

  • ssckelley

    I am going to miss Camp. He was helping the Cubs achieve their goals this year so I do not understand why he got cut.

  • DavidTrites

    Shawn was great last year and seemed to either pitch or warm up in almost every game. He was way overused and still performed well. Best of luck to a great guy who was always a pleasure to deal with at Wrigley! My son will always remember the baseball he tossed to him in the stands!