According to a report from Jon Heyman, Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs avoided arbitration on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year contract that will pay him $5.345 million for 2014. Samardzija and the Cubs settled just above the midpoint between the $6.2 million salary arbitration figure Samardzija submitted and the $4.4 million figure the Cubs filed.
With Jeff Samardzija now under contract for the 2014 campaign, the Cubs avoided arbitration with all 10 players on the 40-man roster.
This is a win for both sides. Jeff Samardzija receives a nice pay increase from the $2.765 million he was paid last year ($2.64 million base plus $125,000 for completing 200 innings) and received just over the midway point of the two numbers that were filed. In the Cubs case, the front office does not have to go through the hearing process with Samardzija. The arbitration hearing with Samardzija was scheduled for Monday in St. Petersburg.
With all 10 arbitration eligible players under contract for the upcoming season, the Cubs will pay $25.28 million to those 10 players, plus the incentive packages if those are reached.
- 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
- Justin Ruggiano – $2 million
- Darwin Barney – $2.3 million
- Jeff Samardzija – $5.345 million