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And Then There Were None, or, Well, Everyone: Cubs and Jeff Samardzija Avoid Arbitration

Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Transactions

jeff samardzija gatorade showerThe Chicago Cubs and Jeff Samardzija have agreed on a deal for 2014, during which Samardzija will make $5.345 million in his second year of arbitration. He remains under team control through 2015.


The $5.345 million figure is just about the midpoint between the $6.2 million Samardzija requested and the $4.4 million the Cubs offered, with a slight edge to Samardzija’s number. Call it the “good will” bump. The agreement avoids Monday’s arbitration hearing, which is never a fun thing for a team and a player to engage in.

With Samardzija officially in the fold, the Cubs have signed deals with all of their arbitration-eligible players. They’ll now turn their attention to Spring Training and the attendant possibility of a waiver pickup, a minor trade (they still have to clear a spot on the 40-man for Jason Hammel), or the slim chance of dealing Samardzija before the start of the season. A long-term extension for Samardzija, for now, seems not to be in the cards.


Brett Taylor

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