Strop walks away from Cubs, leaving plenty of strong memories

Veteran Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop asked for and received his release from the team. Signed to a minor league contract before the season, Strop pitched two scoreless innings in April, but spent most of his time at the South Bend alternate site.

With his outgoing personality, Strop was a big part of the Cubs' success during the glory years from 2015-17.

"We wish Stropy the best," Cubs manager David Ross said Wednesday. "I met him here in 2015. He's a guy you walk into the locker room and he's electric, man. His personality lights up a room. He's a fun guy to be around. He's a very talented pitcher.

"I'm very thankful for a lot of things Pedro has brought into my life and our friendship. I hope at some point, we reconnect. It was nice to connect with him now and I hope he's doing well at home."

Strop, 36, was with the Cubs continuously from 2013-19 and pitched 17 postseason innings. He arrived from Baltimore in the same trade with Jake Arrieta midway through the 2013 season.


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