There is still nothing to report with respect to the looming arbitration between the Chicago Cubs and shortstop Ryan Theriot. And with nothing to report, the chances that the arbitration happens – as soon as this week – increases.
Jim Hendry had nothing to say Tuesday on Ryan Theriot’s arbitration hearing, which suggests the stalemate continues.
Barring unforeseen developments, Theriot will become the first Cubs player to go to the arbitration table against Hendry, despite the good relationship the two have always maintained.
Theriot is seeking $3.4 million, while the Cubs have countered with an offer of $2.6 million. The hearing date hasn’t been announced, but Hendry plans to fly to St. Petersburg, Fla. later this week to represent the Cubs. Hendry won’t be the one making the argument before the arbitrator. Chicago Breaking Sports.
As long as the process does not affect Theriot’s performance this year, I will have no complaints regarding the decision to arbitrate, and then the arbitrator’s decision. I’ve made my position clear – Theriot is not worth $3 million, let alone $3.4 million – but at this point, an amicable resolution might be worth more than a small amount of payroll flexibility.