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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  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    great news for the Ruggiano Cheering Section! Yeah!

    Wait…who?

    Thank you, Baseball Reference…I can see now that he is basically Corey Patterson circa 2008. Could do worse for backup OF, I suppose.

    • paulcatanese

      And he didn’t even have to play one inning:)

    • Tony_Hall

      Not exactly a Patterson replica.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Let’s see…an OF with low ba, very low obp, some hr pop and sb skill…oh…and high strikeouts.

        If it walks like a duck…

        • Tony_Hall

          Hits LH pitching very well with very good HR/AB ratios. Completely different type of player than Corey.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            amazing he was available…I can’t believe our good fortune.

            wake me when they call up Bryant and Baez.

          • Tony_Hall

            Only if you promise to wait for the call.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            sure…pinky swear.
            I am at 630-cub-swon

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Won’t even be on the team by August.