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It was reported yesterday that the Cubs signed Jeff Samardzija and James Russell to avoid arbitration. The Cubs signed Matt Garza yesterday and earlier this week they signed Luis Valbuena. Those were the only four players the Cubs had eligible for arbitration.
The Jeff Samardzija contract is worth $2.64 million and they signed James Russell for $1.075 million. Totals for arbitraiton eligible players are below, along with their projected WAR.
CAIRO still projects Samardzija to have some innings in relief due to him being a reliever as recently as 2011 so you can adjust those numbers however you'd like.
My first thought about the James Russell contract was that it was a slight overpay, but that's a fairly good projection for him. I'll have to look more into that in the near future. Also surprised by the Luis Valbuena projected WAR. You can...
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Jeff Samardzija and the Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration right before Cubs convention got underway as both sides agreed to a one year, $2.64MM deal. This was first reported by our very own Anno:
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