Reliever Pedro Strop wants to go out a winner with the Cubs

Pedro Strop sported his signature smile while sporting auburn-colored hair as the latest Cubs player to alter his hair color this winter.The happy Strop turned somewhat serious in acknowledging a great sense of urgency this season. "I would love to repeat...

Reliever Pedro Strop wants to go out a winner with the Cubs

Pedro Strop sported his signature smile while sporting auburn-colored hair as the latest Cubs player to alter his hair color this winter.

The happy Strop turned somewhat serious in acknowledging a great sense of urgency this season.

"I would love to repeat the championship season and win another one before I hit free agency because you never know," Strop said Thursday. "Hopefully they want to bring me back, and I will be willing because I really love the city of Chicago. I love the fans and love my team, coaches and teammates. After this season, it's going to become a business."

Strop, 31, was the last Cubs' arbitration-eligible player to sign, agreeing to a $5.5 million deal Saturday. In an attempt to take pressure off his surgically-repaired left knee, Strop said he lost eight pounds and feels fine.

Unfortunately for Strop, his torn meniscus caused him to miss six weeks in August and September. Strop never regained his seventh-eighth inning role in the playoffs and admitted it was "a little difficult."

"It's something you have to get used to and understand the situation and understand how deep our bullpen is and go and fight when they ask you to," Strop said. "I don't think it's going to be a big deal."

Strop said he hasn't been told what his role will be in a bullpen that was restocked in the offseason with the addition of closer Wade Davis, Koji Uehara and left-hander Brian Duensing. But Strop is grateful to be part of the turnaround after arriving with Jake Arrieta from the Orioles midway through the 2013 season.

"I saw the process," Strop said. "The 2013 and '14 seasons were tough. We didn't have the team to compete. I'm not a loser. But by sticking to the process and being patient, now it's really fun to see."

Gimmick delay? Rain is forecast for the Cubs' first full-squad workout Saturday, which could affect manager Joe Maddon's first gimmick of the spring.

"We've already been discussing alternative methods of getting this done," Maddon said.

Scooting around: Special assistant David Ross gave the electric scooter his teammates purchased for him last spring to his grandmother, who resides in Northwest Florida.

"I believe she's driving it all over the Panhandle," Maddon said. "That's what I understand. So if you see a Grandpa Rossy driving a Grandma Rossy, you know it's his grandma."

Caption Jake Arrieta on selecting the glove he'll use during the season

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta talks about his glove at spring training on Feb. 16, 2017. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta talks about his glove at spring training on Feb. 16, 2017. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

Caption Jake Arrieta on selecting the glove he'll use during the season

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta talks about his glove at spring training on Feb. 16, 2017. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta talks about his glove at spring training on Feb. 16, 2017. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

Caption Joe Maddon on earning swagger through winning

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses how the Dodgers and Yankees have earned their swagger by creating winning cultures during spring training on Feb. 16, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses how the Dodgers and Yankees have earned their swagger by creating winning cultures during spring training on Feb. 16, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Caption Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta throw a bullpen session

Cubs starting pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta throw a bullpen session at spring training in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 16, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicag Tribune)

Cubs starting pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta throw a bullpen session at spring training in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 16, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicag Tribune)

Caption Anthony Rizzo on spring training, playing for Joe Maddon

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo discusses how this year's spring training compares to others and how manager Joe Maddon handles this part of the season on Feb. 16, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo discusses how this year's spring training compares to others and how manager Joe Maddon handles this part of the season on Feb. 16, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Caption Pedro Strop on managing expectations, new hairdos

Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop discusses managing expectations as the defending World Series champs, as well as new hair colors for himself and his teammates on Feb. 16, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop discusses managing expectations as the defending World Series champs, as well as new hair colors for himself and his teammates on Feb. 16, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

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