• Samardzija arbitration hearing set for Monday

    Summary of 3 articles · Updated Feb 8, 2014
    Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija has agreed to terms with the team on a one-year, $5.345 million contract for 2014, avoiding an arbitration hearing. They haven't had an arbitration hearing since Theo Epstein took over as team president and Jed Hoyer as general manager in 2011.MESA, Ariz. The Cubs and Jeff Samardzija reached agreement Saturday on a one-year, $5.345 million contract, thus avoiding arbitration. Samardzija and the Cubs had discussed a long-term deal, but for now, have settled on a one-year contract. The Cubs' Opening Day starter last season, Samardzija finished 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA and reached 200 innings and 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career. The Cubs ended up paying $23.355 million total to their arbitration-eligible players, which included Samardzija, Darwin Barney , Justin Ruggiano , Travis Wood , Nate Schierholtz , Luis Valbuena , James Russell and Pedro Strop . The last time the Cubs had a hearing regarding a player was in 2010, when Ryan Theriot "lost" as the arbitrator ruled in favor of the team's $2.6 million offer over the $3.4 million bid submitted by the infielder. The team's Opening Day starter last season, the right-hander finished 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA and reached 200 innings and 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career.
    Sources: MLB.com ESPN.com

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