This is largely a standard exercise. All 40-man players are now under contract for 2014.
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Bonifacio would provide excellent depth and versatility. He could also compete for a starting gig.
That’s two pitchers lost by the Cubs today. Were both spots on the 40-man roster needed?
The young righty was a waiver claim for the Cubs earlier this offseason.
No potentially nasty arbitration hearing necessary. Samardzija gets $5.345 million for 2014.
Barney reportedly gets the midpoint of his ask and the Cubs’ offer: $2.3 million.
The 29-year-old righty dealt with shoulder issues last year.
The recently-acquired outfielder gets $2 million for 2014.
The 26-year-old figures to be the starter at first base for AAA Iowa.
The lefty gets $3.9 million in his first year of arbitration.
The Cubs have avoided arbitration with several players so far today.
The 28-year-old can play all over the outfield, but has struggled since his Rookie of the Year season.
The 33-year-old reliever gets a one-year deal with a club option for 2015.
Galindo is a top 25 prospect in this year’s class, according to MLB.com.