From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Justin Ruggiano

According to a report from Joel Sherman, the Cubs avoided arbitration with outfielder Justin Ruggiano. The Cubs and Ruggiano settled on a one-year contract for $2 million. Ruggiano filed an arbitration figure of $2.45 million and the Cubs submitted a $1.6 million number for the upcoming season.

With Ruggiano under contract, the Cubs have avoided arbitration with eight of the 10 players on the 40-man roster eligible for salary arbitration in 2014.

The Cubs still have to work out contracts with Jeff Samardzija and Darwin Barney for the 2014 campaign. Samardzija filed a $6.2 million arbitration figure while the Cubs filed at $4.4 million. The Cubs submitted a $1.8 million salary for Darwin Barney and the gold glover filed at $2.8 million.

The Cubs can avoid arbitration with both players at any time leading up to the actual arbitration hearing. Arbitration hearings are scheduled between Feb. 1 and Feb. 21 this year.

The Cubs have avoided arbitration with Donnie Murphy ($825,000, plus incentives), George Kottaras ($1.075 million, plus incentives), Luis Valbuena ($1.71 million), Pedro Strop ($1.35 million), Nate Schierholtz ($5 million), James Russell ($1.775 million) and Travis Wood ($3.9 million).

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