The Associated Press has released the salary-arbitration figures for unsigned major-league baseball players. It seems the Cubs will have little trouble agreeing to terms with pitchers Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall. Shortstop Ryan Theriot might be a different story.
Theriot, who made $500,000 last year, is asking for $3.4 million in arbitration while the Cubs are offering $2.6 million. With this one, the Cubs could have their first player go to a hearing since Mark Grace in 1993.
Marmol, who made $575,000 last year, filed for $2.5 million while the Cubs countered with $1.75 million. Marshall made $450,000 last year. He's seeking $1.175 milion while the Cubs are offering $800,000.
Check out today's earlier blog to get the figures on the players who signed: Koyie Hill, Jeff Baker, Mike Fontenot, Tom Gorzelanny and Angel Guzman.
GM Jim Hendry seemed happy with the day's work.
I'm also told the Cubs thought pitcher Ben Sheets looked good in his throwing session today. They're still nowhere down the line on offering a contract to Sheets, who missed last year because of elbow problems.