From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Jeff Samardzija

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 […]

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 […]

Communication is Key for Rick Renteria and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs are set to cut the ribbon on the new facility in Mesa in one week. Cubs’ pitchers and catchers officially report the next day (Feb. 13) and Rick Renteria will conduct his first on-field workout with the pitchers and catchers, plus any other position players already in Mesa, on Friday, Feb. 14. Rick […]

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 […]

From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Travis Wood

According to multiple reports, the Cubs and Travis Wood have avoided arbitration. Wood agreed to a one-year contract for the upcoming season worth $3.9 million. The two sides were not able to agree to a deal prior to last Friday’s deadline to file salary arbitration numbers. Wood filed at $4.25 million and the Cubs submitted […]

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 […]

From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Nate Schierholtz and James Russell

According to a report from Jerry Crasnick, the Cubs avoided arbitration with Nate Schierholtz and have signed the outfielder to a one-year contract worth $5 million. The Cubs and Schierholtz agreed to the one-year contract that was expected for the final season he will be under team control. The report did not indicate if an […]

From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Luis Valbuena

According to a report from Joel Sherman, the Cubs have avoided arbitration with infielder Luis Valbuena. The Cubs and Valbuena agreed to a one-year contract for $1.71 million. Sherman’s report did not indicated if the one-year deal with Valbuena includes an incentives package. Luis Valbuena nearly doubled his 2013 salary of $930,000 in his second […]

Players File for Salary Arbitration and Other Cubs News and Notes

Tuesday was the deadline for eligible players to file for salary arbitration. 146 players across the league filed for salary arbitration, including the eight remaining players on the Cubs’ roster. It is not believed the front office will end up in an arbitration hearing in February (Feb. 1 – Feb. 21) with Jeff Samardzija, Travis […]

A-Lot for the Cubs in the Week A-Head

The conversation throughout the game quickly shifted when the 162-game suspension for Alex Rodriguez was announced Saturday. Rodriguez is banned for the entire 2014 season and post-season but is planning to report to Spring Training with the Yankees. Rodriguez is going to fight the arbitrator’s decision and seek an injunction in Federal Court in the […]