CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with Jeff Samardzija and James Russell, agreeing to one-year deals with each of the pitchers on Friday.
Samardzija's deal is for $2.64 million, with another $125,000 in incentives. Russell's totals will be $1.075 million, according to a major league source.
"[Cubs president] Theo [Epstein] has never been to arbitration, I've never been," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We'll go if we have to go, but if you can work out deals ...Read full story
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