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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cubs sign lone free agent Camp to one-year deal

The Cubs have gone Camp on us.

The Cubs and reliever Shawn Camp have agreed to a one-year, $1.35 million contract that includes another $200,000 in possible incentives, the team announced Monday.

Camp, who was the Cubs’ only free agent, returns to the team after making a career-high 80 relief appearances. He finished tied for the Major League lead in appearances and ranked fifth in the National League with 77 2/3 innings. Camp, who turned 37 on Sunday, is the ninth Cubs pitcher to reach 80 appearances, and first since Sean Marshall did so in 2010.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum picked the durable right-hander as the team’s first half Most Valuable Player.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, free agents, relievers, shawn camp

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   1. Brian C Posted: November 20, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4306860)
Camp, who turned 37 on Sunday, is the ninth Cubs pitcher to reach 80 appearances, and first since Sean Marshall did so in 2010.

Wow, you have to go back two whole years to find such a superhuman feat.
   2. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: November 20, 2012 at 05:10 PM (#4307071)
He finished tied for the Major League lead in appearances and ranked fifth in the National League with 77 2/3 innings.

The limitations on pitcher workload were good in the beginning, but then they went too far.
   3. Voodoo Posted: November 20, 2012 at 10:41 PM (#4307250)
In other Cubs news, Bryan LaHair was DFA'd and thought to be heading to Japan. How many guys have only one year of significant playing time, get selected (however dubiously) as an All-Star and then are out of the majors after that?

And they traded the guy that they got from the Rangers for Geovany Soto back to Texas for former first-round draft pick Barret Loux (picked by Arizona in '09 but didn't sign after he was revealed to be damaged goods in a physical).
   4. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: November 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM (#4307256)
Nick Struck was left unprotected? He seems a higher risk of being lost in the Rule 5 than McNutt.
   5. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: November 20, 2012 at 11:44 PM (#4307266)
How many guys have only one year of significant playing time, get selected (however dubiously) as an All-Star and then are out of the majors after that?

Ken Harvey had two full seasons of mediocre play, in the second of which he was an All-Star, and played 12 more games after that.

Junior Spivey was an All-Star in his only season as a starter, but played three partial seasons after that.

Dave Nilsson played several years, and was finally an All-Star at age 29, and then went to Japan never to return.

Looking back on these old All-Star games, 1999 stands out for a peculiar profusion of hitters I never thought were stars in the least. Alex Gonzalez? Ed Sprague? Nilsson? Ron Coomer? Jose Offerman? Brian Jordan? John Jaha? Jay Bell and Jeromy Burnitz were stars, but this year they were in the starting lineup?

   6. McCoy Posted: November 22, 2012 at 08:27 AM (#4307969)
LaHair is a Hawk now. He signed a 2 year 4.5 million dollar deal to play in Japan.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: November 22, 2012 at 09:15 AM (#4307979)
In other Cubs news, Bryan LaHair was DFA'd and thought to be heading to Japan.
Really? Huh.
   8. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: November 22, 2012 at 02:08 PM (#4308088)
Dave Nilsson played several years, and was finally an All-Star at age 29, and then went to Japan never to return.
Didn't Nilsson leave so he could play for Australia's baseball team in the Sydney Olympics or something like that? Its seems hard to believe he couldn't get a Major League job after his '99 season.

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