We were hoping his drive to Chicago over the weekend was a clue, and sure enough, it was. One of the best relievers in Cubs history (these are just statistical facts, look it up) is returning to the organization.
Strop is signing a (presumably minor league) deal with the Cubs and heading to South Bend:
should be official shortly. https://t.co/7Yhp2Amnjp
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) September 4, 2020
To be very sure, it remains a low likelihood that Strop contributes meaningfully to the big league team this year. He was on a downswing last year, struggled with the Reds this year, injured his groin, and hasn’t pitched since.
… but why in the world would not bring him in and see what’s up?
This is a guy who was nails for the team for so long, is about as high-character as it gets, and is a fan favorite. Bring him in, work with him a bit in South Bend, and see if there’s a chance he might rise up for a couple weeks and ball out. You never know. Heck, you never know when a rash of injuries might necessitate you having extra bullpen arms available.
Keep those expectations low, and you can really enjoy this moment. I hope Strop is healthy, summons what he’s got for a little bit, and makes his way back to the big league team. That’s unlikely. I know it’s unlikely. But it would be fun to see him out there once again.