love me tenderToday’s tender decisions went as expected for the Chicago Cubs, with the team offering contracts to the vast majority of their arbitration-eligible players, according to multiple reports. Reliever Daniel Bard and first baseman Mat Gamel were non-tendered after being waiver pickups earlier this year, and are each now free agents. The Cubs may try to bring each back on a minor league deal, particularly Bard.

The Cubs also non-tendered reliever Chang-Yong Lim, who was not arbitration-eligible, but who had a unique, non-guaranteed contract for 2014 (he was the Korean reliever recovering from 2012 Tommy John surgery, and who pitched only a bit for the Cubs last year, mostly in the minors). By non-tendering him, I believe the Cubs are no longer on the hook for whatever salary he was entitled to next year, and he’s off the 40-man.¬†After the non-tenders, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 37.

As for the other nine arbitration-eligible players РJeff Samardzija, Nate Schierholtz, Travis Wood, James Russell, Luis Valbuena, Pedro Strop, Donnie Murphy, Darwin Barney, and George Kottaras Рthey were all offered contracts. The Cubs even already came to terms on deals with George Kottaras and Donnie Murphy ($825,000, plus incentives), avoiding arbitration. You can expect the Cubs to avoid arbitration, eventually, with the other seven players, as well.






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