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.

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