MESA, Ariz. — The breakthrough season the Cubs hoped to see from Jake Arrieta is already off to a slow start.
He wanted to put the final touches on what was a fantastic 2013, but Micah Johnson’s elbow wouldn’t allow it.
The Cubs avoided arbitration with starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija on Saturday by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $5.345 million. The Cubs and Samardzija had until Feb.
If he’s worried about playing time in 2014 Adam Dunn didn’t show it.
"Phegleymania" has long since subsided, and a five-game surge to begin his major league career won't help Josh Phegley earn at-bats in 2014.