Cubs bring back Shawn Camp

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Cubs bring back Shawn Camp

After he was claimed off waivers in spring training, Shawn Camp emerged as one of the most reliable arms out of the bullpen for the Cubs and manager Dale Sveum.

Chicago rewarded the veteran reliever with a one-year deal worth 1.35 million that contains 200,000 in incentives Monday morning.

Camp, who turned 37 Sunday, led the National League with 80 appearances last season, posting a 3.59 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, both among the best numbers of his nine-year career. He also set a new personal best with 18 holds while stranding 15 of 22 inherited runners.

The Cubs entered the offseason with Camp as their only free agent, but expressed interest in bringing the right-hander back to help bolster a bullpen currently filled with inexperienced pitchers.

The Cubs are Camp's seventh team since he was drafted in the 16th round by the Padres. He spent 2008-11 with the Blue Jays, compiling a 3.63 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 257.2 innings pitching in the competitive AL East. He signed on with the Mariners in spring 2012 before being released and claimed by the Cubs.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Breaking down the World Series hangover

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Breaking down the World Series hangover

Do the Cubs have a World Series hangover?

On the latest edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, NBC Sports Bay Area Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic joins CSN's Patrick Mooney to talk about the World Series hangover, how last year's playoff loss lingered in San Francisco, Johnny Cueto's quirks, the legend of Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija's ups and downs.

Plus Kelly Crull, Jeff Nelson and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ defensive struggles this year compared to an historic 2016 and how Ian Happ fits into the Cubs’ lineup in both the short and long term.

Listen to the latest episode below:

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