Chris Resop, Pirates Agree To $850,000 Deal

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 22: Chris Resop #30 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the game on June 22, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Praise Tebow, some actual news. Chris Resop and the Pirates have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $850,000. That's not particularly significant news, true, but it does put into perspective how absurd it was that there was speculation the Pirates might not tender Resop. He's a frustrating pitcher, but if you can sign a 29-year-old reliever who strikes out way more than a batter an inning, and it costs you one year and $850,000, you get it done as fast as possible and give everyone around the office a high five. It's an easy call. Resop is a little too walk- and homer-happy, and he relies too much on his fastball, but he's still a pretty good bet to be useful, and he might still become something more than that.

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