Now that the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes is over, the Cubs are focusing on settling their arbitration cases.
All-Star pitcher Travis Wood agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million deal, the team announced Friday, preferring to play it out instead of pushing for a long-term contract. The lefty had a breakthrough season in 2013, going 9-12 with a 3.11 ERA and throwing 200 innings.
Wood turns 27 next month and won’t become a free agent until after the 2016 season. His 24 quality starts ranked tied for fourth in the National League last season. His side had filed at $4.25 million, while the team countered at $3.5 million.
The Cubs still have to find common ground with Opening Day starter Jeff Samardzija ($4.4 million vs. $6.2 million). Arbitration cases are scheduled for Feb. 1-21, though deals can be made before those hearings.
The Cubs also exchanged numbers with Gold Glove second baseman Darwin Barney ($1.8 million vs. $2.8 million) and new outfielder Justin Ruggiano ($1.6 million vs. $2.45 million).
The Cubs had been setting aside money to make a run at Tanaka, who this week signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the New York Yankees.