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Shawn Camp is returning to the Cubs after a season in which he was ridden very out of the bullpen. Can he hold up
again in 2013? That seems a reasonable question but the Cubs are doing the right thing by rewarding him for leading the NL and setting a career high with 80 appearances last year, after being released by Seattle in spring training. Camp has agreed to a one-year deal for $1.35 million plus $200,000 in incentives, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Camp was a lifesaver for a bullpen that got thin quick when Kerry Wood continued to experience shoulder problems, even being referred to as the team's first-half MVP by manager Dale Sveum. He just turned 37 and will be challenged to duplicate a season in which he worked 77 2-3 innings and had a 3.59 ERA. The two things he did best was throw strikes (17 unintentional walks against 54 strikeouts) and be available almost always, both qualities that are highly valued by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Camp led the team with 18 holds and allowed 7 of 22 inherited runners to score -- 32 percent, which is a solid number. He was also very durable, appearing on consecutive days 27 days. Only three guys the majors had more: Jose Valverde (31), and Francisco Rodriguez and Fernando Rodney (28). According to Hoyer, Camp was also up 37 times when he wasn't used, meaning he was up a total of 117 times. Such high usage seems over the top given that the only possible pressure on the Cubs was to avoid 100 losses, but Camp seemed to hold up. We'll see if he's really that tough in how he bounces back in 2013.