contractAlthough it’s largely perfunctory, the Chicago Cubs have announced that they agreed to terms with all 19 of their pre-arbitration players on the 40-man roster. Players with between zero and three years of service time (but who have not qualified for Super Two status) are subject to renewal – i.e., if you don’t agree to a contract, the team can just renew you at whatever price they deem fit. Agreeing to a contract is obviously a nicer outcome than renewal, but the outcome is essentially the same. The players have a contract for 2014.

The players signed:

  • Right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta, Dallas Beeler, Alberto Cabrera, Justin Grimm, Blake Parker, Neil Ramirez, Hector Rondon and Arodys Vizcaino
  • Left-handed pitchers Zac Rosscup and Chris Rusin
  • Catcher Welington Castillo
  • Infielders Arismendy Alcantara, Mike Olt, Christian Villanueva and Logan Watkins
  • Outfielders Brett Jackson, Junior Lake, Matt Szczur and Josh Vitters

This was expected. You may resume watching that Javier Baez bomb on a loop.

  • roz

    When’s the deadline for them to agree to a contract/renew the contract? First day of the regular season?

    • Brett

      Good question, and I don’t know off-hand. Probably either 15 days before Opening Day, or day before Opening Day.

  • Diehardthefirst

    Vitters and Shark to Padres for Wisler and Fuentes worth a look