CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Manny Corpas have agreed to terms on a non-guaranteed split contract for the 2012 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Corpas, 29, is 12-16 with 34 saves, 51 holds and a 3.93 ERA (125 ER/286.0 IP) in all or part of five major league seasons with the Colorado Rockies (2006-10). He missed the 2011 campaign due to Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in September 2010. Corpas has 206 strikeouts and only 80 walks in 286.0 innings pitched, an average of only 2.5 walks per nine innings pitched.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder broke into the big leagues in 2006 at the age of 24 and became Colorado’s closer midway through the 2007 campaign, helping the Rockies to the World Series by going 4-2 with 19 saves and a 2.08 ERA (18 ER/78.0 IP) in 78 relief appearances. His 2.08 ERA was the lowest relief mark in franchise history. In his last big league campaign in 2010, he was 3-5 with 10 saves and a 4.62 ERA (32 ER/62.1 IP) in 56 relief appearances before suffering the right elbow injury.
Corpas is a native of Panama City, Panama and was originally signed by the Rockies as a non-drafted free agent on August 26, 1999. He spent the 2011 campaign in the Rangers organization but did not pitch.