Chicago Bears

Cubs Arbitration Figures

UPDATE: L. Valbuena signs for $4.1M according to Bruce Levine.


The Cubs had 7 players that could head to arbitration cases, they've settled with 5 of them today. Today happened to be the deadline when teams and players had to file their arbitation numbers if they were going to go to a hearing, thus the influx of news on completed deals.

F. Doubront got $1.925M (1st time arb eligible)

Chris Coghlan got $2.505M (1st time arb eligible)

W. Castillo got $2.1M (1st time arb eligible)

J. Arrieta got $3.63M  (1st time arb eligible)

T. Wood got $5.685M (2nd time arb eligible)

That leaves L. Valbuena (2nd time arb eligible) and Pedro Strop (1st time) as the two that have yet to reach a settlement, although I highly doubt either will head to an arbitration hearing even if the deal isn't finished today.

Can't Buy Me Lovie

So the Bears won yesterday and finished 10-6 on the year, a 2-game improvement upon 2011. Normally this doesn't get your coach fired, but when the coach has been there for 9 seasons and has only put together back-to-back winning seasons once, normal doesn't apply. So the Bears owners (maybe management) did what I'd say 99% of Bears fans wanted and fired Lovie today.

These few paragraphs from the Trib story sum up his Bears' career best.


Since Smith took over in 2004, the Bears have ranked higher than 23rd in offense only once. They have ranked 28th or lower four times.

Since 2004, the Bears defense ranks first in the league in takeaways, three-and-out drives forced and third-down percentage and is fourth in scoring defense.

Smith's defenders scored 34 touchdowns, which became a signature of the Bears' style of play.

There was some good, some bad and I'm sure after 9 years of a defense first team, many fans will be screaming for an offensive first coach. Sure. But if that happens, you know by mid-season the same fans will be complaining why the defense doesn't get takeaways anymore. Regardless of what the future holds, the Bears finally got rid of the past they held on well past the expiration date. So as the hope of the New Year approaches, the hope for a new Bears dynasty comes with it.

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  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 16 min 53 sec ago view
  • UH OH! RALLY TIME!

    crunch 26 min 42 sec ago view
  • Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

    jacos 37 min 26 sec ago view
  • Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

    Eric S 46 min 6 sec ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best.

    fixed that for ya.

    crunch 52 min 53 sec ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.

    Eric S 1 hour 1 min ago view
  • make that just peralta...

    crunch 1 hour 1 min ago view
  • a.soriano new OF fielding coach?

    crunch 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • Why is Almora jumping up on catches?

    jacos 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • "Tommy La Stella (hamstring) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment through at least Friday."

    should be an interesting roster shuffle once these guys trickle back in. i imagine patton or peralta are on the hot seat for la stella's return.

    crunch 2 hours 26 min ago view
  • 6 pitches, 2 run lead.

    neat.

    crunch 3 hours 35 min ago view
  • So am I. Point remains.

    Old and Blue 13 hours 25 min ago view
  • Not certain why the site has been slowed. Worked much of Wednesday on it and will continue today. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will probably take it offline for a while, but it will be up before the game against the Mets.

    WebAdmin 21 hours 32 min ago view
  • Mine has been really slow to load -- on different computers from different locations.

    JoePepitone 23 hours 53 min ago view
  • Anybody else have issues accessing the site this afternoon/evening?

    Eric S 1 day 54 min ago view
  • Boras is 63, maybe he'll be retired or dead by the time Bryant, Russell, Almora, Albertos all hit free agency. Doubt he will be before Jake hits there though.

    cubbies.4ever 1 day 4 hours ago view