Monday, March 4, 2013

Cubs agree to terms with 21 pre-arbitration eligible players; Starlin Castro to rest 4 more days

The Cubs signed all 21 of their pre-arbitration eligible players on the 40-man roster today.  Below are the players and their 2013 salaries:

Darwin Barney $562,000
Travis Wood $527,500
Michael Bowden $509,500
Welington Castillo $503,000
Anthony Rizzo $498,000

The league mininum salary is $490,000.  Other players who the Cubs signed include:

Alberto Cabrera
Steve Clevenger
Rafael Dolis
Brett Jackson
Junior Lake
Trey McNutt
Brooks Raley
Hector Rondon
Chris Rusin
Dave Sappelt
Matt Szczur
Christian Villanueva
Josh Vitters
Arodys Vizcaino
Logan Watkins
Robert Whitenack

Cubs players in the dugout during a Cactus League game (Chicago Tribune photo)
Shortstop Starlin Castro reportedly will not play for at least four more days in order as a precaution for his strained left hamstring, which happened on February 27th when he was running out a ground ball.  Manager Dale Sveum said, "If it was the regular season, he'd probably be playing."

Starlin Castro won't be taking part in Cactus League action for at least four more days as a precaution (Chicago Tribune photo)
The Cubs announced yesterday that Jeff Samardzija will the the team's Opening Day starting pitcher when the team opens the season on the road in Pittsburgh on April 1st.  The projected rest of the rotation at the start of the season includes Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva and Scott Feldman, but could still change.  Matt Garza and Scott Baker are expected to start the season on the disabled list.

Jeff Samardzija has been named the Cubs' Opening Day starter (photo from Chicago Tribune)

Only 29 more days until Opening Day!  I can almost smell it!

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