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Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs settle, avoid arbitration

Feb 8, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, starter Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs have agreed on a $5.345 million salary for 2014, avoiding arbitration.

Samardzija had filed for $6.2 million while the Cubs filed for $4.4 million. Their agreed-upon salary is ever so slightly above the $5.30 million midpoint between the figures submitted by the two sides.

Samardzija’s future with the Cubs is still up in the air. The right-hander will be eligible for arbitration for the third and final time next off-season and he will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season. The two sides were reportedly far apart on an extension last month.

The Cubs have now settled all four of their arbitration cases. They agreed to a $3.9 million salary with starter Travis Wood on January 24, $2 million with outfielder Justin Ruggiano on January 29, and $2.3 million with second baseman Darwin Barney on February 6.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Feb 8, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    That extra 45 grand represents a mullet premium.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Nice money for so so production!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      he would be the 2nd best starter on the jays, granted that’s not saying a lot but he’s still young and only in his 2nd year starting with good K numbers

      • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        Not bad – a slightly less than imbecilic comment for a change. I’m not willing to speculate that there’s any hope for you, but one does like to grant a benefit of the doubt, even if balked about by well earned caveats.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        A NL pitcher with a high ERA. That does not translate well in the AL East.

  3. jobber33 - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    This guy has been in the league 6 years, 2 as a starter and mustard up a whole 8 wins with a 4.34 era. The second worse era of their 5 starters, he pitched 13 more innings than Travis Wood and gave up 7 more HR’s. He wasn’t hurt but showed a lot of immaturity when the cubs started trading away his over priced buddies which lead to a terrible second half. This guy is NOT a #1 or even a #2 starter in the league. Cubs should look at trading him asap.

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