The Cubs have 11 arbitration eligible players and today they have to decide which ones to tender a contract to. Those 11, and their projected salaries (Matt Swartz) are below. The service time for each player is in parentheses.
Jeff Samardzija (4.028): $4.9MM
Nate Schierholtz (5.078): $3.8MM
Travis Wood (3.004): $3.6MM
Darwin Barney (3.053): $2.1MM
Daniel Bard (3.079): $1.8625MM
James Russell (4.000): $1.7MM
Luis Valbuena (3.148): $1.5MM
Pedro Strop (2.156, Super Two): $1MM
Donnie Murphy (4.043): $1MM
Darnell McDonald (3.130): $700K
Mat Gamel (3.059): $500K
The Cubs currently have the entire roster filled out and there’s no need to keep all of these guys. There’s been talk about Darwin Barney being non-tendered, but that doesn’t seem at all likely. The guy can still play some defense and has value. I expect Darnell McDonald will be non-tendered and at least one of the other players on this list. It won’t be Jeff Samardzija, Nate Schierholtz, Travis Wood or Darwin Barney. That much I’m certain of.