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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  • Cubbiemacg

    Over paid

    • paulcatanese

      May be so, but couldn’t they have non-tendered him or traded him? Has to be a reason that he’s still around. It could be that the FO is hoping for a turn around and he starts hitting the ball and a trade can be made.
      That doesn’t sound like it’s the best option since they are putting out additional money to find out. Then again, I have stopped trying to figure out what Theo thinks is a good deal or not, or how he spends the money.

      • Cubbiemacg

        I’d have to agree. I hope he hits but even if he hit 300 on the first half of the season I hope he goes.

        • Cubbiemacg

          I mean if defense is all that keeps him here drop valbuena and put C. Villanueva at third because neither will hit but at least we have defense

          • SuzyS

            Cubbiemacq and Paul,
            No matter how you cut it…this is Barney’s last year as the starting 2nd baseman. He’s going to get bumped by either Alcantra or Baez…(or Castro to make room for Baez).
            I’d like to see him split time with Watkins until the other guys come up.

          • BillyFinT

            I concur. Watkins needs play-time. Simple.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I could think about 250 plus MLB players also like that.

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  • redlarczykg

    Boy! Wouldn’t be great to make 2.8 million for not being able to do your job! I’m really good at mine and haven’t got a raise in 5 years!

    • John_CC

      I try not think about the pay scales, standard salary bumps, etc. in MLB because if I do I would start to hate it. But I love the game too much.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Be glad you have a job…..there are 25 million others who don’t have one……and will be unable to spend a day at the ballpark with their family due to high prices.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Carlos Marmol signs with Miami…………now why would the Marlins want to sign this guy with all those up & coming Miami Starters they have?…..Marmol will just kill their moral with his blown saves.

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    • SuzyS

      Brent, I really enjoyed reading that interview.
      It shows where the Cubs are pointing to…if ownership can get past this rooftop and Chicago politics malarky.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I believe Jim Hendry always settled with his players……….. Theo is finding out that Shark will be hard person to deal with …Cubs do not need any more head cases.

    • SuzyS

      Hendry’s players loved him…because for the most part…he over-paid them and gave out extra years with No trade contracts.
      Case in point Milton Bradley…3 years when no else would ever venture more than one.
      Theo did the same with EJAX…but front loaded without a no trade clause. Hopefully, Ejax will pitch well enough to gain some trade value this year.

      • Neil

        Suzy, the last Cubs’ player to go to arbitration was Ryan Theriot during Hendry’s tenure. If I remember correctly before Theriot it was Mark Grace in 1993.

        • SuzyS

          I remember that Neil. It put a burr in Hendry’s underside and Theriot was gone after that.
          I’m hoping that Shark is going to sign an extension…and that is the real reason for the disparity in arb numbers.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        If those players really love Hendry, they should have give him a World Series title…….hopefully those players who Hendry paid a nice bundle to, will remember to send Jim Christmas & Birthday cards.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Oh. Thank goodness.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      What would Shark’s ERA have been last year if Barney and Rizzo weren’t doing gold-glove caliber work?

      Barney doesn’t help us win games, but he makes the pitchers look a bit better than they are, I think.

      • paulcatanese

        Definitely an up on that one Jason.

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