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Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Jeff Samardzija and James Russell on One-Year Deals

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Jeff Samardzija is Inigo MontoyaI had to scamper back up to my room from the Cubs Convention festivities, so I apologize for the brevity.


Today the Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with their final two arbitration-eligible players, Jeff Samardzija and James Russell, who were each eligible for arbitration for the first time. Russell gets one year and $1.075 million, and Samardzija gets one year and $2.64 million, plus $125K in incentives. The Russell figure is pretty much exactly where I expected, but the Samardzija figure is quite a bit lower than I’d expected. Although he was arbitration-eligible for the first time, he actually made $2.64 million last year, so I’d expected a bit of a raise.

All in all, this is great news for the Cubs, who won’t have to worry about any arbitration cases and the attending ugliness.

Back to the Convention.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.