Thursday, February 4, 2010

Marmol avoids arbitration, but will Theriot do the same?'s Carrie Muskat shares with us that Carlos Marmol and the Cubs have settled on the midway point between his and the team's respective salary figures; Marmol will make $2.125 million this season.

Ryan Theriot is the only arbitration-eligible player remaining for the Cubs. While Hendry has never gone to arbitration--and no Cubs GM has done so since Larry Himes and Mark Grace duked it out in 1993--Bruce Miles feels that this streak is about to come to an end. Theriot, 30, made $500,000 last season but is asking for $3.4 million this year. The Cubs have offered $2.6 million.

Miles said on 670 The Score this weekend that Hendry has always been rather fair with arb-eligible players (or even overly generous, some might say), and that for Theriot to ask for his salary to multiply ninefold is something he won't stand for. Theriot, on the other hand, might have some lingering bad feelings from way back in 2006 when he was 26 years old but still stuck in Triple-A despite putting up solid numbers.

It is often bad blood that leads to arbitration in the first place, and its usually badder blood that results from the no holds barred meetings. Let's hope Hendry can keep the Cubs' long streak alive.

Keep in mind that if the case goes to arbitration, there's no middle ground--the arbitrator will decide on one of the two salary figures. Check out Miles' piece to get a sneak peek at what that meeting might look like.

Hat tip: MLB Trade Rumors

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