The Chicago Cubs and John Grabow have agreed to terms on a 2-year, $7.5 million deal that will keep the veteran reliever on the north side of Chicago. The Cubs acquired Grabow in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the trading deadline and became one of the Cubs most consistent relievers the rest of the season. He made 30 appearances for the Cubs during the latter half of the season and did not allow a single run in his 1st 12 outings. In 25 innings pitched, Grabow finished with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP and had 7 holds. His 75 appearances (45 with the Pirates) were a career high. He will provide a veteran presence for an otherwise young bullpen in 2010 and will likely serve as Closer Carlos Marmol’s primary set-up man in the 8th inning or against tough lefties. The other top candidates for the bullpen – Marmol, Angel Guzman, Sean Marshall, Jeff Stevens, Justin Berg and Esmailin Caridad – are all under 27 years old.
Grabow said it was a “no-brainer” for him to want to pitch for the Cubs for the next few years. He lives with In Arizona with his family so he won’t have to go too far for spring training. Plus he loved the atmosphere playing in Chicago – “I pretty much let everyone know before I left that I wanted to come back. It’s a good situation for me and my family and for the Cubs. They brought me in there, they made a trade to bring me there and I fit in right away… The atmosphere that’s inside the clubhouse, everyone gets along pretty good and it’s kind of a veteran team, and everybody goes about their business. I figured that’s a pretty good situation for me.”