CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs say pitching coach Larry Rothschild has exercised his option for next season.
Rothschild just completed his ninth season in Chicago, where he has worked with managers Don Baylor, Bruce Kimm, Dusty Baker and Lou Piniella. The status of interim manager Mike Quade, who took over after Piniella retired, has not been announced.
The Cubs were 13th in the National League with a 4.18 ERA after ranking among the top five the previous three seasons and issued a league-high 605 walks.
Their bullpen had the second-highest ERA in the NL at 4.55, while the starters were ninth at 4.00.
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