|Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija was one of seven arbitration-eligible players to whom the Cubs tendered contracts to. (Chicago Tribune photo)|
In addition, the Cubs signed fan favorite Donnie Murphy to a one-year $825,000 contract plus incentives.
The Cubs also reached an agreement with backup catcher George Kottaras (who was acquired last week from the Kansas City Royals) for a one-year, $1.075 million contract.
|George Kottaras will be the Cubs' backup catcher in 2014 (photo from Chicago Sun-Times)|
Former Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. We wish him the best.
The Cubs' 40-man roster currently stands at 37 players.
Former Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly has retired due to chronic neck pain. "I am retiring," Lilly wrote. "I don't want to, but I think it is the realistic decision." Lilly had the nerve endings on the right side of his neck cauterized by a spine specialist recently, which allowed him to pitch in the Venezuelan Winter League, but the discomfort continued. Besides the Cubs, Lilly also played for the Dodgers, Yankees, Blue Jays, A's and Expos during his 15-year MLB career.
The Cubs Christmas Tree Lighting will take place this Thursday, December 5th in front of the Wrigley Field marquee. The Cubs have not yet announced the time of the event.