#Cubs avoid arb with 5 players

The Cubs avoided arbitration Friday with five of the seven players eligible, signing Travis Wood, Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, Justin Grimm, and Adam Warren to one-year contracts.

The deadline to exchange salary figures was noon CT Friday. The Cubs players yet to sign included National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta and outfielder Chris Coghlan. The Cubs have talked about the possibility of signing Arrieta, 29, to a long term contract. The right-hander is coming off a stellar year in which he went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA. He will be a free agent after the 2017 season.

Wood, who turns 29 next month, signed a $6.17 million contract. The lefty was 5-4 with a 3.84 ERA in 54 games last season, making a smooth transition from starter to reliever. He began the year in the Cubs rotation, and was 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA, and posted a 2.95 ERA in 45 games in relief. Wood made $5.685 million last season.

The Cubs’ primary set-up pitcher, Strop, 30, compiled a 2.91 ERA in 76 games, striking out 81 over 68 innings. The right-hander made $2.525 million last year, and signed for $4.4 million.

This is the first year Warren, Rondon and Grimm are arbitration eligible. Grimm, 27, signed a one-year, $1.275 million contract. He compiled a career-best 1.99 ERA in 62 games, striking out 67 over 49 2/3 innings.

Rondon, who turns 28 next month, signed a one-year, $4.2 million deal. He compiled a career-best 1.67 ERA in 72 games, converting 30 of 34 save opportunities. He lost his job as the closer, but called manager Joe Maddon’s move the “best thing that happened to me.” The right-hander posted a 1.10 ERA after the All-Star break. Rondon made $544,000 last year.

Warren, 28, was acquired from the Yankees in the Starlin Castro trade. The right-hander was 7-7 with a 3.29 ERA in 43 games, including 17 starts. He was 6-6 as a starter with a 3.66 ERA, and had a 2.29 ERA in 26 games in relief. He signed for $1.7 million.

— Carrie Muskat

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Hopefully we can ink Arrieta to a long term deal before the hearing and get a big To-Do item checked off of our list.

I hope the Cubs keep Soler and really give him a chance to develop. His offensive & defensive upsides are terrific. Leave him in right as Heyward will make the adjustment in center and be solid.

I like the Castro trade, but as much as I enjoyed him in Cubbie pinstripes I don’t think he’s going to reach AND maintain his potential, plus his trade value wasn’t going to get higher after the terrific second half he had. I wish him well.

I saw John Lester’s quote about how David Ross’ numbers weren’t “what we’d like to see but what he brings to the clubhouse is invaluable.” If that’s the case, hire him as a coach and open up a roster spot for a player whose numbers we will like! Schwarber can catch more games which opens up left for Bryant if we need him there. Plus we’ve got Contreras knocking on the door and Alcantara if he gets his confidence back.

I know Maddon loves moving players around, but not all players are able to handle that, especially so early in their careers when they’re just trying to get their primary position polished at the big league level. Bryant & Schwarber handled it very well last year, but there’s something to be said for a consistent position (and batting order for that matter) so guys can settle in and get comfortable where they’re playing.

Carrie, any word on Theo & Co resigning? Isn’t 2016 the last year on his contract?

Thoughts??

Oops! That should be re-signing Theo. Sorry about that. O.o

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