The Cubs avoided arbitration with Nate Schierholtz and James Russell, according to various reports.
Nate Schierholtz agrees to $5M deal with #cubs to avoid salary arbitration.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 17, 2014
In his first year on the North Side last season, Schierholtz posted a .251/.301/.470 slash line with 21 homers and 68 RBIs. He started 117 games in the outfield for the Cubs, sharing time with several other outfielders throughout the season. He's a career .265 hitter in his seven-year big league career.
Russell, who will be entering his fifth year as a Cub, ended 2013 with a 3.59 ERA in 74 appearances. He threw 52 2/3 innings, the third most among Cubs pitchers who exclusively pitched out of the bullpen. He has a career 3.92 ERA in 238 2/3 innings.