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Arbitration Eligible Players File Today

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jeff samardzija gatorade showerPlayers who have at least three years of service time (or the top 22% of players with at least two years), but not more than six, are eligible to have their 2014 salary determined in arbitration. The first step in that process is filing for arbitration today.

The Cubs’ arbitration-eligible players are Jeff Samardzija, Nate Schierholtz, Travis Wood, James Russell, Luis Valbuena, Pedro Strop, Donnie Murphy, Darwin Barney, Justin Ruggiano, and George Kottaras, though the Cubs have already agreed to deals with Kottaras and Murphy. That leaves seven players who will be filing today.

Recall, in arbitration, the player submits a salary request, and the team counters with its own proposed salary for the 2014 season. At arbitration, only one number is selected. There is no compromise.


The players and the team will exchange their proposed salaries on Friday, though you’ll likely see a number of agreed deals this week in advance of that deadline. Even after the sides exchange numbers, there are usually agreed deals before actually hitting arbitration in February.


Brett Taylor

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