12/29 Looking ahead

Will the Cubs be quiet on New Year’s Eve? Or will it be like last year when they signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a three-year deal on Dec. 31, 2009? Remember New Year’s Eve 2008? On that date, the Cubs signed infielder Aaron Miles and traded Mark DeRosa to the Indians for Chris Archer, John Gaub and Jeff Stevens. Archer was named the organization’s Minor League pitcher of the year in 2010.

Heading into 2011, the Cubs’ only major piece of unfinished business is to sign arbitration eligible players Carlos Marmol, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, Geovany Soto, and Koyie Hill. Jeff Baker also was arb eligible but he signed on Dec. 2 for $1.18 million. The arbitration filing period is Jan. 5-15, and figures are Jan. 18 if a resolution is not reached. Hearings take place in February.

Other dates to remember: The Cubs Convention will be Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago.

– Carrie Muskat

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