2/6 Cubs and Barney settle
The Cubs avoided arbitration with second baseman Darwin Barney as the two sides reached agreement Thursday on a one-year, $2.3 million contract. Barney had filed for $2.8 million and the Cubs had countered at $1.8 million, so they settled in the middle.
The only player still unsigned who is arb eligible is Jeff Samardzija, and his hearing was slated for Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Cubs offered Samardzija $4.4 million, and he was seeking $6.2 million.
— Carrie Muskat