The Cubs have solidified their bullpen, resigning Shawn Camps to a one year, $1.35 million deal. The 37 year-old journeymen reliever had a stellar 2012 campaign in Chicago, posting a 3-6 record with a 3.59 ERA. He also pitched as much as he ever had in his career, tying his season-high in appearances by throwing in 80 games for the Cubs. He was one of the few bright spots in the bullpen, ranking fifth in relief innings pitched in the National League.
Camps' 3.59 ERA was an improvement on the 4.11 ERA he had while with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011. He will be joined in the bullpen next season, barring any trades, by Andrew Cashner, Carlos Marmol, and James Russell, among others. Camps should continue to provide some experience in relief, as he embarks on his tenth MLB season. His performance last year was deemed good enough to warrant a pay raise, as his new contract is worth almost double what he earned the $750,000 he earned in 2012.
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