From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Darwin Barney

According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs and Darwin Barney have settled on a one-year contract for next season. Barney avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million deal. When the arbitration numbers were filed, Barney submitted a $2.8 figure and the Cubs filed $1.8 million … so the two sides settled at the midway point.

With Barney under contract, the Cubs have avoided arbitration with nine of the ten players that were arbitration eligible for the 2014 season.

The arbitration hearing with Jeff Samardzija is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10 in St. Petersburg, Fla. If the Cubs and Samardzija are not able to agree to a salary figure for him before then, the independent arbitrator will decide if Samardzija will be paid the $6.2 million he filed for or the $4.4 million salary number the Cubs submitted.

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), Travis Wood ($3.9 million) and Justin Ruggiano ($2 million).

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