Cubs to Offer Arbitration to All Eligible Players, Even Koyie Hill
Bruce Miles writes that the Cubs are planning to offer arbitration to all six of their arbitration eligible players, Geovany Soto, Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, Tom Gorzelanny, Jeff Baker and Koyie Hill. As Miles notes, Hendry must be confident that Baker and Hill will accept whatever the Cubs are proposing.
AZ Phil guesses on the right sidebar are:
$4.25M for Marmol ($2.125M last year)
$3.5M for Soto ($0.575M)
$2.5M for Gorzelanny ($0.8M)
$2M for Marshall ($.95M)
$1.25M for Baker($.975M)
$0.75M for Hill ($0.7M)
I think Marmol is easily gonna get over $5M myself, possibly closer to $6M based on Francisco Rodriguez getting $7M in his second arbitration eligible year and Papelbon getting $9.35M. Yes, they were closers longer and I'm not advcocating he'll get as much, but I think he'll get closer to them than Phil is suggesting. Soto seems about right, as Russ Martin got $3.9M in his first arb-eligible year. The rest I offer no opinions on, other than Koyie Hill is worth the cost of a bullpen catcher.
We'll get the official lists soon enough from the rest of the league and that should open up the free agency market a little as well before next week's winter meetings.
there was more than one way to get there
supposedly jed "who?" hoyer, too
same...i just happen to not like sitting through shit sandwich meals for multiple years. baseball is kinda boring when you're punting on 1st down for a slew of years in a row.
i fully understand why it was done, but i didn't enjoy it. there was more than one way to get competitive and this was the chosen way.
fwiw, apparently McLeod signed extension as well after he didn't get Twins gig.
I am once again reminded why I am happy that Theo is running the organization.
if not they can just intentionally tank the team for 3-4 years and rebuild.
Hopefully after the Cubs complete their sevenpeat :)
They're the best in the business and have been for 12 years running now. The only question is when they'll get bored of it.
I was right here. I don't require my GM's to be perfect, but I would like them to understand what wins baseball games (IMO controlling the strike zone and creating/avoiding outs), and knowing where the organization is in the success cycle.
Theo and company have made and will make plenty of mistakes, but they seem to understand those two items pretty well.
Now we're all Theo-believers, where were you when he signed Edwin Jackson? Or how about trading away DJ Lemehaiu? And not signing Samardzija to an extension? Or not pursuing Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols? Or signing Lester? Or trading away Cashner, Dempster, Feldman, etc?...I think I'm losing the narrative here.
So his deal runs through 2021? Which pretty much coincides when all these guys are due to hit free agency.
"Terms of the deal were not disclosed."
Theo inks five year extension
PC tonite at PNC
Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.
Arrieta’s 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams. He's 3rd on #Cubs behind Hendricks (1.99) and Lester (2.28)
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