Cubs bring back Shawn Camp

Cubs bring back Shawn Camp
November 19, 2012, 5:23 pm
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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.