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Jeff Samardzija, James Russell sign

Updated: January 18, 2013, 8:00 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

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 ...

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