From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Pedro Strop, Exchange Arb Figures with Four Players

Theo Epstein announced prior to the start of the convention the Cubs had avoided arbitration with Pedro Strop and signed him to a one-year contract worth $1.325 million. The Cubs acquired Pedro Strop along with Jake Arrieta from the Orioles for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger last July.

Pedro Strop was very good with the Cubs and posted a 2-2 record with a 2.83 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. In 37 appearances (35 innings), Strop allowed 11 runs on 22 hits with 42 strikeouts and 11 walks.

The Cubs avoided arbitration with Luis Valbuena, Nate Schierholtz and James Russell on Friday. Valbuena will make $1.71 million, Schierholtz agreed to a $5 million contract and Russell will be paid $1.775 million. Other details of the contracts Valbuena, Schierholtz, Russell and Strop signed were not released.

The Cubs have avoided arbitration with six of the 10 players on their roster arbitration eligible for the 2014 season.

The Cubs were not able to agree to contracts with Jeff Samardzija, Darwin Barney, Travis Wood or Justin Ruggiano prior to Friday’s deadline to exchange salary arbitration numbers

The Cubs and players filed the arbitration salary numbers for next season. Jeff Samardzija is asking for $6.2 million and the Cubs filed at $4.4 million. Travis Wood filed for $4.25 million and the Cubs filed for $3.5 million. Darwin Barney submitted a $2.8 million figure and the Cubs filed at $1.8 million. Justin Ruggiano filed for $2.45 million and the Cubs filed for $1.6 million.

Teams can avoid salary arbitration with players up until the two sides walk into the hearing. Salary arbitration hearings will be scheduled between Feb. 1 and Feb. 21 this year. Teams and players typically meet in the middle of the two filing numbers to avoid the hearing. If the player goes to arbitration the independent arbiter can either rule in favor of the team or in favor of the player. In other words, the player will be paid either what he filed or for what the team filed.

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