Monday, March 5, 2012
Cubs agree to deals with 24 players
By Doug Padilla
MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs agreed to contract terms for the 2012 season with 24 players Monday meaning that every player on the 40-man roster is now signed.
The players who agreed are all under team control (zero to three years of service time), with the team using service time and performance to determine their deals.
The minimum salary this season is $480,000 with five Cubs players agreeing to deals over $500,000. Those players are Jeff Samardzija ($2.64 million), James Russell ($512,000), Starlin Castro ($567,000), Darwin Barney ($500,000) and Travis Wood ($505,000).
The Cubs declined a contract option on Samardzija for this season and he will return at a slight discount from the $2.8 million he made in 2011.
The full list of players who agreed to deals Monday:
Right-handed pitchers: Alberto Cabrera, Lendy Castillo, Casey Coleman, Rafael Dolis, Marcos Mateo, Samardzija and Casey Weathers.
Left-handed pitchers: Jeff Beliveau, John Gaub, Scott Maine, Russell and T. Wood.
Catchers: Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger.
Infielders: Barney, Adrian Cardenas, Castro, Bryan LaHair, Junior Lake, Anthony Rizzo and Josh Vitters.
Outfielders: Tony Campana, Dave Sappelt and Matt Szczur.