Cubs, Grabow agree to 2-year deal

Updated: November 20, 2009, 4:28 PM ET
By Bruce Levine |

The Chicago Cubs and John Grabow agreed to terms Friday on a two-year contract.

The deal will pay the left-handed set-up man close to $7.5 million.

"I pretty much let everyone know before I left there that I wanted to come back. It's a good situation for me and my family," said Grabow, who has a house in Arizona, where the Cubs conduct spring training.

Grabow, 31, combined to go 3-0 with a 3.36 earned-run average last season in a career-high 75 relief appearances with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cubs.

He had a 3.24 ERA in 30 games with the Cubs after he was acquired with left-handed pitcher Tom Gorzelanny for pitchers Jose Ascanio and Kevin Hart, and minor-league infielder Josh Harrison July 30.

Grabow's 72 2/3 innings of work in 2009, tied for third-most among left-handed relievers, and his career-high 23 holds ranked ninth among National League pitchers.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.