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!


    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.