Eight Cubs players file for arbitration
Samardzija, Wood among those who'll submit salary figures if no deals reached
CHICAGO -- Eight Cubs players, including pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood and second baseman Darwin Barney, were among the 146 in Major League Baseball who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday.
Figures will be exchanged Friday between the Cubs and their eight players if no agreement is reached before then. Arbitration hearings are scheduled for Feb. 1-21.
Samardzija made $2.64 million in 2013 and was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to get a raise to $4.9 million in 2014. However, Wood could get the biggest increase. The lefty, who was 9-12 last season and posted career highs in starts and innings pitched, earned $527,500 in 2013 and was projected to receive $3.6 million this year.
Nate Schierholtz also is coming off a strong season in which he set personal bests in home runs (21), doubles (32), at-bats (462) and RBIs (68). The outfielder made $2.25 million in 2013 and was projected to get $4.4 million in 2014.
Barney, a Gold Glove finalist, received $562,000 last year and was projected to receive $2.1 million in 2014, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.
Other Cubs to file Tuesday included James Russell ($1.075 million in 2013; projected $1.7 million in 2014); Pedro Strop ($502,500 in '13; projected $1 million in '14); Luis Valbuena ($930,000 in '13; projected $1.5 million in '14); and outfielder Justin Ruggiano ($494,500 in '13; projected $1.8 million in '14).
A quick refresher on salary arbitration: Eligible players are those with at least three years of Major League service but less than six years needed to qualify for free agency. If a case goes to a hearing, the player and the team each present their case to a three-member panel.
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.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.