Cubs Tender Contracts to Six of Seven Arbitration Eligible Players … Koyie Hill Lone Non-Tender

According to multiple reports, the Cubs tendered contracts to six of the seven arbitration eligible players prior to Monday’s deadline. Matt Garza, Blake DeWitt, Jeff Baker, Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart and Randy Wells were tendered contracts for 2012.

Koyie Hill was the lone non-tender and with the roster move, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 36 players.

Matt Garza figures to receive the biggest jump in salary from last season. Garza was paid $5.95 million and put up very good numbers in his first season with the Cubs.

Geovany Soto ($3 million) should receive a nice bump as well. After receiving $2.2875 million last year, Ian Stewart is expected to be paid around the same next season.

Randy Wells made $475,000 last season and should see a nice raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

The Cubs also tendered contracts to Jeff Baker ($1.175 million in 2011) and Blake DeWitt ($460,000 in 2011), who is also arbitration eligible for the first time.

The Cubs did not announce coming to terms with any of their arbitration eligible players.

With Koyie Hill out of the picture, for now, Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger could compete for a backup job on the Cubs’ big league roster.

Rumors have suggested the Cubs could add a veteran catcher, like Jason Varitek, to backup Geovany Soto … or the Cubs’ new regime could trade Geovany Soto and have a vet, like Varitek, mentor either Welington Castillo or Steve Clevenger.

Stay Tuned …

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