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Well, the Chicago Cubs stole a bit of my thunder today. After reaching an agreement with Geovany Soto, the Cubs also settled with five of their other six arbitration-eligible players. So much for a long series analyzing the appropriateness of each side’s offer.

Third baseman Ian Stewart, in his second year of arbitration, gets $2.237 million in 2012 after making $2.29 million last year.

Pitcher Randy Wells, in his first year of arbitration, gets $2.705 million. Fellow first-time arbitration-eligible pitcher Chris Volstad gets slightly less than Wells, as I guessed he would, at $2.655 million (which is still a fair bit higher than I think is reasonable). The amounts are on the high side, but that seems to be a bit of a trend this year.

Infielders Jeff Baker and Blake DeWitt get $1.375 and $1.1 million, respectively (Baker is in his third and final  year of arbitration, DeWitt is in his first year). DeWitt’s figure strikes me as high, but not incredibly high.

As for the Cubs’ only remaining arbitration-eligible player, pitcher Matt Garza, the two sides could not reach a settlement, and exchanged proposed figures for the 2012 season. Garza, in his third of four arbitration years, requested $10.225 million, and the Cubs offered $7.95 million. Arbitration hearings aren’t until February, so there will be plenty of time to work out a deal short of a fight. Gordon Edes has said that the Red Sox never took a player to arbitration under Theo Epstein.

Garza’s request seems awfully high, despite his excellent 2011 season, given his $5.95 million salary in 2011. Most expected Garza to get around $8.5 million in 2011, so the Cubs’ offer is pretty reasonable, as far as these things go. We’ll discuss the Garza arbitration case in more detail soon.

  • North Side Irish

    All of those seem a little high to me…but nothing outrageous. Except maybe the fact that DeWitt is getting a contract at all. No sense wasting time and effort on arbitration for guys like these…Cubs want them back and they are relatively low cost options. Hopefully they can settle Garza for something in the middle.

  • cjdubbya

    Is there somewhere that posts everyone’s 2012 salaries, along w/ what’s going out w/ players like Zambrano? I’ve scoured the net, but I’m missing it.

    • North Side Irish

      Not sure when they will update it, but Cot’s is a good place to start…

      http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        And I’ll be running down where things stand very soon.

        • Kyle

          I missed a little bit yesterday when I posted everything.

          I’ve got them at $112 million now.

  • Teri shannon

    When u think of soriano making 19 million, nothing seems like a lot to me!

  • jmet23

    If you think the Cubs pitchers numbers are high look into Ja. Happ with Houston.

  • jandersonjr81 father of Caden

    People who are saying the figures are high, remember, these are agreed upon figures. If the Cubs brass thought they were to high, they wouldn’t have signed these guys to a contract.

  • curt

    all i have to say is work out a long term deal with garza ot trade him but get on with it already so we know how much and for how long were going to stink.

  • die hard

    Soriano and Marmol plus $48 million to Royals for Soria?

    • scorecardpaul

      oh no, I’m out

      later

      • dob2812

        Yeah ’cause the 2012 Cubs need a reliever like Soria.

        Also, they make some strange decisions in Kansas from time to time (Yuni Betancourt, come on down) but why in the hell they would do anything like this is beyond me.

  • Tommy

    That would be awesome, but I don’t see the Royals doing that.

  • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

    Just heard on MLB radio that a Chicago writer has reported that the Cubs and Sox are going to Bud to settle the Theo compensation. Then they talked about how Marlon Byrd would likely be that compensation, anyone else hear this? I think Byrd is too much unless we get something back from the Soxs, I’m think Bud will give the Soxs a list of 5-10 A-ball players for the Soxs to choose and this will final be over, Bud will not set the precedent that if a team prompts a GM to president then the team will receive a MLB starter, but maybe he will.

    • Troy

      I thought they already setteled the compensation agreement. They said that Theo could not take any Red Sox Front Office guys for 3 years.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        That was a separate agreement.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      It was Wittenmyer, and the article is coming in a little bit. I think your take is pretty solid.

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