2/1/10 Numbers game
The Cubs head into February with two key players unsigned. Ryan Theriot and Carlos Marmol have yet to reach an agreement with the team. Last month, the players, who are arbitration eligible, and the Cubs exchanged figures. Theriot and the Cubs have the biggest gap. The shortstop, who made $500,000 last season, his third as the starting shortstop, is seeking $3.4 million while the Cubs offered $2.6 million. Marmol, who made $575,000 last year and heads into this season as the closer, is asking for $2.5 million. The Cubs offered $1.75 million.
Arbitration hearings are held from now until Feb. 21. No word on whether a date has been set for the Cubs players. The two sides could come to an agreement at any point before the actual hearing. Arbitrators listen to arguments from both sides about the player’s value and then pick either the player’s figure or the team’s figure. This is the first year Theriot and Marmol are arbitration eligible.
The Cubs have not gone to arbitration since 1993. The team has a 3-2 record in such cases. The last hearing was in 1993 when Mark Grace filed for $4.1 million and the Cubs offered $3.1 million. The Cubs won that case.
— Carrie Muskat