- Born June 13, 1985 in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.
- Bats: Right; Throws: Right
- Was originally signed by the Colorado Rockies as a position player, mainly as a shortstop. Moved to pitching primarily in 2006.
- Won a World Baseball Classic in 2013 with the Dominican Republic.
- People don’t like the way he wears his hat.
- Signed as a free agent by the Colorado Rockies in 2002.
- Released by the Rockies in September 2008.
- Signed by the Texas Rangers in November 2008.
- Made MLB debut on August 28, 2009 with the Rangers (vs. the Twins).
- Traded by the Rangers to the Baltimore Orioles in 2011.
- Traded by the Orioles to the Chicago Cubs in 2013, in a deal involving Jake Arrieta and Reds Opening Day Starter (TM) Scott Feldman.
- Signed by the Reds on February 5th, 2020, to a one year, $1.83 million deal.
- Free Agent: 2021
Hey look who it is. It’s you, and me, and baseball being (maybe) right around the corner again. This is all so incredibly weird.
So, everything you see up there about our new friend Pedro Strop was written and nearly ready to publish all the way back in early March. I usually go through these and put together all of the above fast stuff and graphs for several players, and then come back and write the blurbs later before they publish. This here particular Red Report was, before today, last modified on March 6th, 2020, or approximately six or seven years ago in 2020-time.
Some other players ended up getting their outlooks written up first, and then the whole entire world went to dog shit and, thus, this draft was just sitting here untouched. In the meantime, the virus over there came over here in a big way. There’s been untold damage to, well, just about everything, and Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association damn near just burnt the whole sport to the ground.
It’s been a long four months, is what I’m trying to say.
But, baseball is scheduled to be played again, officially and competitively, in just about a week and half. For better or for worse, in the midst of a global pandemic that doesn’t really seem to have an end in sight.
But, since they’re going to try and give it a go, I figure I may as well, too. So, here come some more Red Reports.
I’m just realizing that none of this has been about Pedro Strop. And, that’s probably the reason that his report never got finished, despite being over 75% of the way finished a week before all of this started. I don’t really have thoughts on Pedro Strop. I’ve always midly disliked him; not because of the way he wears his hat or anything stupid like that, but mostly because he was a Cub, and as a general rule, Cubs are stupid.
Now he is a Red, though, and I feel as if the signing was actually pretty shrewd. It’s no secret that the Reds could use some bonafide bullpen arms, and Strop was just that in his time in Chicago. In 2019, however, he struggled through a down, injury riddled season. He injured his hamstring in Spring Training, before finally being put on the injured list in May for the same ailment (one that had him hurting at the end of the 2018 season, as well). That set him back nearly a month, and then he hit the IL again in late July with neck soreness.
Neither a hamstring strain or neck soreness is particularly worrisome for a pitcher’s overall health, however. Though, he did just recently turn 35 years old, so it’s likely that his best days are behind him. Still, for less than 2 million on a season where the Reds were very obviously “going for it,” the deal doesn’t carry a ton of risk.
In a season in which there are only 60 games, I don’t think it carries any at all.