Theriot Arrives in Mesa After Arbitration Decision

Theriot Arrives in Mesa After Arbitration Decision

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010
3:19 P.M.

Early Saturday morning shortstop Ryan Theriot lost his arbitration case with the Cubs. He will make 2.6 million this season.

That didn't stop "The Riot" from arriving three days early to Spring Training. Theriot hit the batting cage at Fitch Park saying there were no hard feelings on his part.

"I never felt like I was owed anything, this is a privilege to be able to come in here and do this every day. There are millions of people who would love to do it. From that point of view, whatever you get is great," he said.

Theriot was asking for 3.4 million and will be getting a big raise considering he made 500,000 last year. Three arbitrators made the decision after more then four hours of talk in Florida from both sides on Friday.

It's the Cubs first arbitration case since Mark Grace lost back in 1993 and their first under Jim Hendry, who says it won't effect his relationship with Theriot.

"There wasn't an adversarial attitude to it," Hendry said.

The Cubs are now 4-2 in franchise history when it comes to arbitration cases, Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter and shortstop Shawon Dunston are the only two players to win. Theriot's case was the last of eight in Major League Baseball this season, with the teams winning five of those hearings.

By the way, after four straight days of great weather in Mesa, a storm blew through on Saturday cutting the Cubs workout a little short. The temperature dropped to 50 degrees with rain, but the Cubs still got most of their conditioning work done before the storm hit.

Luke Stuckmeyer covers the Cubs for Comcast SportsNet.

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw

CSN's Kelly Crull and analyst Dave Otto discuss the upcoming matchups and Kyle Schwarber's slump in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Cubs haven't received any California love so far on their six-game road trip. 

At Dodger Stadium this weekend, the North Siders were swept away in three games that were never really close. And, now, Joe Maddon's club must regroup on the fly as they head to San Diego to open a three-game set with the Padres on Monday. 

If it's any consolation prize, the Cubs' bats did show signs of life against three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on Sunday. They roughed him up for 11 hits and four earned runs. 

"I liked the at-bats that the Cubs had against Kershaw and the Dodgers today," Dave Otto said following the Cubs' 9-4 loss in the series finale. 

To salvage a decent road trip, the offense has to find some sort of consistent groove. The lineup was shutout twice in Los Angeles. 

Watch the video above to hear Kelly Crull and Dave Otto break down the upcoming series and the slumping order. 

 

Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations as Dodgers sweep Cubs

Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations as Dodgers sweep Cubs

LOS ANGELES – In a Cubs season that has already gone off script – or at least not followed the dynasty-in-waiting narrative – it made perfect sense that a Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw matchup at Dodger Stadium would devolve into a slugfest and a bullpen battle.

Randy Newman’s voice – “I Love L.A.” – blasted from the sound system late Sunday afternoon as the Dodgers put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champs. The Cubs led for one half-inning during this entire weekend and will wake up in San Diego on Memorial Day as a 25-24 team.

This 9-4 blowout again showed that the Dodgers should be a force in October. Forget about the way forward-thinking manager Dave Roberts basically tried to MacGyver his way through last year’s National League Championship Series with three pitchers – Kershaw, lefty curveball specialist Rich Hill and star closer Kenley Jansen.

“That’s the big separator between what I saw last year and right now – how they’re pitching,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

It didn’t matter that Kershaw got knocked out in the middle of the fifth inning after Willson Contreras, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo launched home runs and the Cubs generated 11 hits off the three-time Cy Young Award winner.

Kershaw still outlasted Lester, who dropped his head, stared at the grass and walked off the mound with one out and two runners on in the fourth inning. The Cubs had earlier fallen into a 6-1 deficit after Lester gave up two three-run homers to Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernandez.

In back-to-back shutouts, the Dodgers (31-20) had already beaten a Cy Young Award winner dealing with questions about his velocity and looming free agency (Jake Arrieta) and a three-time World Series champion who’s 38 years old and now has a 5.18 ERA (John Lackey).

“It’s always tougher the second time, because everybody’s gunning for you,” said Ben Zobrist, who should be back in the lineup on Monday after missing two games with a sore left wrist. “Your expectations are even higher than they were before.

“But this team is definitely equal to the task. That’s not the problem as much as we just got to get back to the fundamentals and execution of the little details in the game. And everything else kind of takes care of itself.”