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.