We'll update as the day progresses, but for now, the Cubs have agreed to terms with five players on contracts for 2010, avoiding salary arbitration. The five are infielder Jeff Baker, infielder Mike Fontenot, catcher Koyie Hill, reliever Angel Guzman and pitcher Tom Gorzelanny. Three filing for salary arbitration are closer Carlos Marmol, lefty Sean Marshall and shortstop Ryan Theriot.
Here are the salaries for the five who agreed:
Baker: $975,000, up from $415,000
Guzman: $825,000, up from $421,500
Gorzelanny: $800,00, up from, $433,000
Fontenot: $1 million, up from $430,000
Hill: $700,000, up from $475,000
We'll come back later with the filing numbers and the Cubs' offers for the other three players. Marmol made $575,000 last year, and he's sure to ask for more than $2 million in arbitration. Theriot made $500,000. He'll get more than $1 million this year. Marshall made $450,000.
The Cubs haven't had a case go to trial since Mark Grace in 1993. Big Z was minutes away a few years ago, but the two sides settled. I would not be surprised to have one of these cases to to the arbitrator this year.
More later here, online and in the paper tomorrow.
We'll also try to find out how Ben Sheets looked to the Cubs as he throws in Louisiana today. On the outfielders, yes, the Cubs are interested in Jermaine Dye and Rocco Baldelli. We'll have to see what the demands of each player are.