David Kaplan is reporting that the Cubs have approached starter Jeff Samardzija to get the ball rolling on a contract extension. The right-hander, who turns 29 in January, can become a free agent after the 2015 season.
Samardzija wrapped up 2013 with a 4.34 ERA in a career-high 213.2 innings of work, his second year as a full-time starter.
The Cubs opened up the 2013 season with a payroll near $107 million and have over $49 committed already for the 2014 season. However, when Alfonso Soriano’s salary comes off the books after the upcoming season, the Cubs will have plenty of room to fit in Samardzija’s new deal, should they reach a consensus.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pitcher Jesus Luzardo became the second player in two days to beat the Miami Marlins in salary arbitration and was awarded $2.45 million.
Miami had argued for $2.1 million during a hearing Thursday before a panel of John Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch.
AL batting champion Luis Arraez, an All-Star infielder acquired by the Marlins from Minnesota last month, was awarded a $6.1 million salary on Thursday rather than the team’s $5 million figure.
Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.
Luzardo made $715,000 last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He can become a free agent after the 2026 season.
Players have won two of three decisions this year, with about 20 more scheduled for hearings.
Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first decision this year on Wednesday, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.
A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday.